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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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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 |
Engineering and Systems Design (ESD) program
The Engineering and Systems Design (ESD) program supports fundamental research leading to new engineering and systems design methods and practices for specific global contexts. In particular, ESD seeks intellectual advances in which the theoretical foundations underlying design and systems engineering are operationalized into rigorous and pragmatic methods for a specific context. In addition, the program…
Climate & Energy | Data Science & Spatial Analysis | Diversity, Equity & Justice | Economy & Development | Innovation & Technology | Policy & Law |
Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH)
The Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH) program supports fundamental research to understand and mitigate the impact of natural hazards on constructed civil infrastructure. Natural hazards considered by the ENH program include earthquakes, windstorms (such as tornadoes and hurricanes), tsunamis, and landslides. The constructed civil infrastructure supported by the ENH program includes building systems, such as…
Infrastructure & Transportation | Natural Hazards | Security & Privacy |
EPA Research Grants
The EPA runs various funding programs under numerous topics: Air research Climate change research Ecosystems research Health research Safe chemicals research Sustainability research Water research 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…
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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 |
Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events (IMEE)
The IMEE program supports fundamental, multidisciplinary research on the impact of hazards and extreme events upon civil infrastructure and society. The program is focused upon research on the mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from multi-hazard disasters. Community and societal resilience and sustainability are important topics within the research portfolio of IMEE. The…
Climate & Energy | Data Science & Spatial Analysis | Economy & Development | Health & Well Being | Infrastructure & Transportation | Land Use & Planning | Natural Hazards | 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: Cyberphysical Systems
Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are engineered systems that are built from, and depend upon, the seamless integration of computational algorithms and physical components. Advances in CPS will enable capability, adaptability, scalability, resiliency, safety, security, and usability that will far exceed the simple embedded systems of today. CPS technology will transform the way people interact with engineered…
Climate & Energy | Data Science & Spatial Analysis | Design & Building | Economy & Development | Food | Health & Well Being | Infrastructure & Transportation | Innovation & Technology |
National Science Foundation: Science, Technology, and Society
The Science, Technology, and Society (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 STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely…
Data Science & Spatial Analysis | Economy & Development | Health & Well Being | Infrastructure & Transportation | Innovation & Technology | Security & Privacy |
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 24 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 |
TIGER Discretionary Grants
On December 18, President Obama signed the 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Act into law, appropriating an eighth round for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. Similar to the previous round, $500 million is appropriated to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives to significantly impact…
Infrastructure & Transportation |
Urban Innovation Grant Program
The ULI Foundation Annual Fund provides funding for Urban Innovation Grants, which support ULI District Council and National Council projects that recognize or launch innovative public/private partnerships and advance the responsible use of land in building healthy, thriving communities worldwide. Only ULI District Councils and ULI National Councils may apply. In order to be eligible…
Design & Building | Economy & Development | Housing & Homelessness | Infrastructure & Transportation | Innovation & Technology | Land Use & Planning |
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 |
USIGNITE Global City Teams Challenge
The Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) is a collaborative network of project teams, or “action clusters,” working on innovative applications of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies within a smart city / smart community environment. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and US Ignite have teamed-up with the Department of Transportation (DoT), National Science Foundation…
Climate & Energy | Data Science & Spatial Analysis | Economy & Development | Health & Well Being | Innovation & Technology |
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 |
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…
Arts & Culture | 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.
Arts & Culture | Climate & Energy | Diversity, Equity & Justice | Economy & Development | Education | Housing & Homelessness | Land Use & Planning | Natural Resources & Environment |