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Amazon Catalyst Grant
Amazon Catalyst’s goal is to help people develop solutions to key problems faced in the world today. Problems can be diverse, from computer security, to immigration, to climate change. Because issues like these are complex, solutions will come from many different fields and many different perspectives. Therefore, the grants are open to all disciplines, including…
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Bridge Funding Program
The University of Washington Provost’s Office provides bridge funding to support faculty to span the gap in critical research programs. Applications from faculty should be submitted to the applicant’s department chair, who should prioritize requests before forwarding them to the dean of the college/school. In non-departmentalized colleges/schools, applications should be submitted to the dean or…
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BUILD Discretionary Grants
FY 2020 BUILD Transportation grants are for planning and capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation. Projects for BUILD will be evaluated based on…
Infrastructure & Transportation | Innovation & Technology | Natural Resources & Environment |
Civic Innovation Challenge
The Civic Innovation Challenge, funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Homeland Security, supports partnerships between communities and universities that address mobility and resilience priorities. Teams will compete for awards of up to $1 million to support ready-to-implement, research-based pilot projects that have the potential for scalable, sustainable,…
Advocacy & Civic Engagement | Diversity, Equity & Justice | Economy & Development | Health & Well Being | Housing & Homelessness | Natural Hazards | Natural Resources & Environment | Policy & Law |
Department of Global Health Fellowships
The Department of Global Health Fellowships provide financial assistance to graduate students, professional students, and medical residents at the University of Washington to help support fieldwork experience in global health. The Department of Global Health Fellowships are managed by the Global Health Resource Center.
Health & Well Being |
EDRA: Michael Brill Award
The goal of this grant program is to encourage innovative research projects that provide a bridge between the fields of communication and environmental design. Named in honor of Michael Brill, architect and long-time EDRA member, for his leadership in work place environments and communication, this grant is funded by the Urban Communication Foundation and administered…
Design & Building | Diversity, Equity & Justice | Health & Well Being | Housing & Homelessness | Land Use & Planning |
EDRA: Student Research Award
Student generated research is integral to EDRA’s mission of advancing and disseminating environmental design research that improves our understanding of the interrelationships between people and their environments and facilitates the creation of environments responsive to human needs. EDRA’s Student Grants are designed to support and foster the next generation of environmental educators, researchers and practitioners.
Advocacy & Civic Engagement | Design & Building | Diversity, Equity & Justice | Housing & Homelessness | Land Use & Planning |
EPA Research Grants
The EPA runs various funding programs under numerous topics: Air Research Grants Climate Change Research Grants Ecosystems Research Grants Health Research Grants Safer Chemicals Research Grants Sustainability Research Grants Water Research Grants Additional areas available
Climate & Energy | Economy & Development | Food | Health & Well Being | Housing & Homelessness | Infrastructure & Transportation | Innovation & Technology | Land Use & Planning | Natural Hazards | Natural Resources & Environment | Water |
Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health
Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health is a national program of RWJF that supports the Foundation’s commitment to building a Culture of Health in the United States. The program aims to provide individuals, organizations, communities, policymakers, and researchers with the empirical evidence needed to address the key determinants of health…
Health & Well Being |
Ford Foundation
We believe in the inherent dignity of all people. Yet around the world, billions of people are excluded from full participation in the political, economic, and cultural systems that shape their lives. We view this fundamental inequality as the defining challenge of our time, one that limits the potential of all people, everywhere. Addressing inequality…
Advocacy & Civic Engagement | Arts & Culture | Climate & Energy | Design & Building | Diversity, Equity & Justice | Economy & Development | Education | Food | Health & Well Being | Housing & Homelessness | Natural Resources & Environment | Policy & Law |
Global Ideas for U.S. Solutions: Cities Taking Action to Address Health, Equity, and Climate Change
Cities around the world are taking meaningful action to advance health equity by designing solutions that benefit the health of people and our planet. We’re seeking proposals that foster learning and stimulate action in U.S. cities around smart, effective approaches from abroad that mitigate the unequal health risks posed by climate change. Specifically, we’re seeking…
Climate & Energy | Design & Building | Diversity, Equity & Justice | Food | Health & Well Being | Infrastructure & Transportation | Innovation & Technology | Land Use & Planning | Natural Hazards | Natural Resources & Environment | Policy & Law |
Graham Foundation
Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. Architecture and related spatial practices engage a wide range…
Arts & Culture | Design & Building | History & Preservation | Housing & Homelessness | Infrastructure & Transportation |
HUD CDBG Community Development Grants
The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities. The CDBG program has made a difference in the lives…
Diversity, Equity & Justice | Economy & Development | Housing & Homelessness |
Humans, Disasters, and the Built Environment (HDBE)
The Humans, Disasters and the Built Environment (HDBE) program supports fundamental, multidisciplinary research on the interactions between humans and the built environment within and among communities exposed to natural, technological and other types of hazards and disasters. The program's context is provided by ongoing and emerging changes in three interwoven elements of a community: its…
Climate & Energy | Data Science & Spatial Analysis | Economy & Development | Health & Well Being | Infrastructure & Transportation | Innovation & Technology | Land Use & Planning | Natural Hazards | Natural Resources & Environment | Policy & Law | Security & Privacy | Water |
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Each year the Lincoln Institute sponsors a wide variety of research projects that are generally organized around a set of land policy topics. This research furthers the exploration of land and tax policy issues and expands the Institute’s commitment to cutting-edge land and tax policy research. For a list of on-going research projects at the…
Data Science & Spatial Analysis | Design & Building | Economy & Development | Land Use & Planning | Policy & Law |
MacArthur Foundation
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and…
Advocacy & Civic Engagement | Arts & Culture | Climate & Energy | Data Science & Spatial Analysis | Design & Building | Diversity, Equity & Justice | Economy & Development | Education | Food | Health & Well Being | History & Preservation | Housing & Homelessness | Infrastructure & Transportation | Innovation & Technology | Land Use & Planning | Natural Hazards | Natural Resources & Environment | Policy & Law | Security & Privacy | Water |
National Science Foundation: Science and Technology Studies
The Science and Technology Studies (STS) program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related…
Data Science & Spatial Analysis | Economy & Development | Health & Well Being | Infrastructure & Transportation | Innovation & Technology | Security & Privacy |
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneering Ideas and a Culture of Health
The goal of the Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposal funding opportunity is to explore; to look into the future and put health first as we design for changes in how we live, learn, work and play; to wade into uncharted territory in order to better understand what new trends, opportunities and breakthrough ideas can enable everyone…
Advocacy & Civic Engagement | Arts & Culture | Climate & Energy | Data Science & Spatial Analysis | Design & Building | Diversity, Equity & Justice | Economy & Development | Education | Food | Health & Well Being | History & Preservation | Housing & Homelessness | Infrastructure & Transportation | Innovation & Technology | Land Use & Planning | Natural Hazards | Natural Resources & Environment | Policy & Law | Security & Privacy | Water |
Royalty Research Fund
The purpose of the Royalty Research Fund (RRF) is to advance new directions in research, particularly in disciplines for which external funding opportunities are minimal, and/or; for faculty who are junior in rank, and/or; in cases where funding may provide unique opportunities to increase applicants’ competitiveness for subsequent funding. Proposals must demonstrate a high probability…
Advocacy & Civic Engagement | Arts & Culture | Design & Building | Food | History & Preservation |
Social Science Research Council
The SSRC offers 28 different fellowships, grants, and prizes across a range of topics. Since 1923, the SSRC has awarded more than fifteen thousand fellowships to researchers around the globe. Council fellowship programs are strategic—they target specific problems, promote individual and institutional change, and expand networks. The SSRC’s varied fellowships and prizes share a core…
Advocacy & Civic Engagement | Arts & Culture | Climate & Energy | Data Science & Spatial Analysis | Design & Building | Diversity, Equity & Justice | Economy & Development | Education | Food | Health & Well Being | History & Preservation | Housing & Homelessness | Infrastructure & Transportation | Innovation & Technology | Land Use & Planning | Natural Hazards | Natural Resources & Environment | Policy & Law | Security & Privacy | Water |
Urban Studies Foundation
USF is dedicated to funding urban research and we are committed to extending its support internationally with our International Fellowship, postdoctoral research fellowships, and the Seminar Series competition.
Design & Building | Food | Housing & Homelessness | Infrastructure & Transportation | Land Use & Planning |
UW Campus Sustainability Fund
The Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) grew out of a vision of the student body to have a more substantive engagement with the University of Washington’s sustainability efforts. After an unprecedented student campaign, the Services and Activities Fee (SAF) Committee allocated $339, 805 to the office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (ESS) to help implement the…
Advocacy & Civic Engagement | Climate & Energy | Design & Building |
UW Global Innovation Fund
Initiatives and programs developing cross-college and cross-continent collaborations that enhance the UW’s global reach.
Innovation & Technology |
Washington State Labor Research Grant
Each year, the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies seeks proposals for policy-oriented research on aspects of labor directly relevant to policy makers in Washington State. Up to $15,000 is available for this grant. The full amount is sufficient to cover the salary and benefits cost of a quarterly R.A. appointment. Funding includes a tuition…
Advocacy & Civic Engagement | Diversity, Equity & Justice | Economy & Development | Policy & Law |
Wellcome Trust
We provide more than £700 million a year to support bright minds in science, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine. We offer a wide variety of funding schemes to support individual researchers, teams, resources, seed ideas and places. We also fund major…
Advocacy & Civic Engagement | Arts & Culture | Education | Health & Well Being |
Wellcome Trust – Our Planet Our Health
Our Planet, Our Health: call for ambitious, transdisciplinary programmes that research the ways complex changes in our environment affect our health and develop potential solutions to enhance resilience.
Economy & Development | Food | Health & Well Being | Land Use & Planning | Natural Resources & Environment |
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The Hewlett Foundation makes grants in five core program areas: education, environment, global development and population, performing arts, and philanthropy. In addition, the Foundation makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the Bay Area. The Foundation’s grants are awarded solely for charitable purposes.
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