Funding Opportunities

External Funding


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Additional funding options

For questions related to the Foundation Center/Directory & GuideStar contact Meredith Reece, Associate Director of Advancement Corporate and Foundation.

Internal Funding for Faculty and Graduate Students

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Internal Award Programs

Submission Deadlines are in November and March (see Application Portal for specific dates)

The Fund for Research awards grants to promote and support research at Simmons. "Research" is interpreted broadly—to embrace both analytical and creative efforts. The Committee encourages proposals to support the initial development stages of a project, which could be expected to receive consideration from outside funding sources when ready for full study; and support proposals intended to enable the researcher to complete a project already underway or to undertake and carry to completion a more limited project.

Deadline – Rolling

To maintain and enhance the academic integrity and vitality of the University, institutional support for faculty development is crucial. All full-time faculty are eligible to apply. The Faculty Development Fund supports activities that contribute to the overall professional development of Simmons University faculty. These activities include presenting papers at professional meetings, poster presentations, participation on panels, and the like.

Submission Deadline mid-November (see Application portal for updates)

The Simmons University Graduate Student Research Fund supports student-initiated scholarly research and creative endeavors. Awards typically range between $500 and $1,000.

All enrolled graduate students who are conducting or intend to conduct student-initiated scholarly research or creative endeavors may apply. Funds may not be used to support enrollment in language study, established institutional research programs, or study-abroad programs. In addition, grants cannot be used to fund internships or participation in volunteer activities.

Deadline – Rolling

The Simmons University Graduate Student Travel Award competition provides financial support to graduate students who are attending and presenting research at academic or professional conferences. Preference will be given to those who are making a presentation. In cases where the applicant will not be presenting, the student statement and faculty letter of recommendation should address the importance of attendance for the student's professional development. Preference is given to students who have not previously received a Graduate Student Travel Grant.

Previously funded internal applications are listed in the Research at Simmons Annual Reports: FY19 - see pages 14-19 and FY20 - see pages 40-48.

Learn about research and fellowship opportunities for undergraduate students.


If you have questions about the funding opportunities, please contact us by sending an email to [email protected].

Award ProgramAnticipated Internal DeadlineAnticipated Sponsor Preproposal or Letter of Intent Deadline (if applicable)Anticipated Sponsor DeadlineNotes
American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes ProgramLate April Early July 
Archer Foundation Award in Brain ResearchLate AprilMid-MayMid-September 
Banting Postdoctoral FellowshipsEarly September Mid-SeptemberNot a limited submission, but institutional endorsement is required.
Beckman Postdoctoral FellowshipLate August Early SeptemberNot a limited submission, but institutional endorsement is required. A Letter of Support &Acknowledgement of Application must be signed by the applicant’s Department Chair.
Beckman Young Investigator ProgramMid-JulyEarly August Not a limited submission, but institutional endorsement is required.
Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed GrantLate NovemberEarly JanuaryLate March 
Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations AwardMid-MayLate JuneLate September 
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award ProgramLate November Early February 
Graham Foundation for the Fine Arts Production and Presentation GrantsN/A Late FebruaryOne nomination per department.
Greenwall Foundation AwardsMid-AugustMid-SeptemberEarly January 
Johnson and Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award ProgramEarly September Early October 
Mallinckrodt GrantsEarly June Early August 
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Capitol GrantsEarly SeptemberEarly OctoberMid-November 
Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminars on the Comparative Study of CulturesEarly January Early March 
    Award is open to applicants every 2-3 years.
Mellon Foundation New Directions FellowshipMid-August Mid-October 
Moore Inventor FellowsMid-October Mid-December 
National Endowment for the Arts "Art Works"Grants for Arts ProjectsEarly January Mid-February or Mid-July 
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer StipendsEarly July Late September 
NIH Director's Early Independence AwardMid-JuneMid-August (optional LOI)Mid-September 
NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)Early October Early January 
NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)Early JulyMid-OctoberMid-May 
NSF Physics Frontiers CentersLate MayEarly AugustLate JanuaryAward is only offered every 3 years (January 2020).
NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) ProgramLate SeptemberEarly DecemberEarly February 
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program  (S-STEM)December - early January March-AprilAn Institution may submit one proposal (either as a single institution or as subawardee or a member of a Collaborative Research project) from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an S-STEM eligible discipline.
Packard Fellowships in Science and EngineeringLate JanuaryMid-March (nomination only)Mid-April 
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical SciencesMid-March Mid-October 
Rita Allen Foundation Scholars ProgramMid-AugustMid-SeptemberMid-October 
Searle Scholars ProgramLate July Late September 
Simons Foundation Investigators ProgramEarly September Late October 
Sloan Research FellowshipsN/A Mid-SeptemberThree nominations per department.
Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical ResearchEarly July Early August 
 Late January Mid-March 
Whiting Public Engagement ProgramsMid-March Mid-June 
W.T. Grant Scholars ProgramMid-March Early July