Funding Opportunities

External Funding


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Additional funding options

For questions related to the Foundation Center/Directory & GuideStar, contact Lori Friedman, Associate Vice President of Advancement.

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 Program Anticipated Internal Deadline Anticipated Sponsor Preproposal or Letter of Intent Deadline (if applicable) Anticipated Sponsor Deadline Notes
American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes Program Late April   Early July  
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Early September   Mid-September Not a limited submission, but institutional endorsement is required.
Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship Late August   Early September Not 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 Program Mid-July Early August   Not a limited submission, but institutional endorsement is required.
Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Late November Early January Late March  
Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award Mid-May Late June Late September  
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award Program Late November   Early February  
Graham Foundation for the Fine Arts Production and Presentation Grants N/A   Late February One nomination per department.
Greenwall Foundation Awards Mid-August Mid-September Early January  
Johnson and Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program Early September   Early October  
Mallinckrodt Grants Early June   Early August  
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Capitol Grants Early September Early October Mid-November  
Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminars on the Comparative Study of Cultures Early January   Early March  
        Award is open to applicants every 2-3 years.
Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship Mid-August   Mid-October  
Moore Inventor Fellows Mid-October   Mid-December  
National Endowment for the Arts "Art Works"Grants for Arts Projects Early January   Mid-February or Mid-July  
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends Early July   Late September  
NIH Director's Early Independence Award Mid-June Mid-August (optional LOI) Mid-September  
NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) Early October   Early January  
NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) Early July Mid-October Mid-May  
NSF Physics Frontiers Centers Late May Early August Late January Award is only offered every 3 years (January 2020).
NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program Late September Early December Early February  
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program  (S-STEM) December - early January   March-April An 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 Engineering Late January Mid-March (nomination only) Mid-April  
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Mid-March   Mid-October  
Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program Mid-August Mid-September Mid-October  
Searle Scholars Program Late July   Late September  
Simons Foundation Investigators Program Early September   Late October  
Sloan Research Fellowships N/A   Mid-September Three nominations per department.
Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research Early July   Early August  
  Late January   Mid-March  
Whiting Public Engagement Programs Mid-March   Mid-June  
W.T. Grant Scholars Program Mid-March   Early July  

CFE's Research and Sponsored Programs Roundtable Series

Each month, CFE's Senior Associate Director of Research and Sponsored Programs, Lenko Tankov, will host a roundtable discussion on a variety of topics related to research and sponsored programs. View this digital binder (access key: cet) for recordings and resources from past roundtable sessions.