Grant Opportunities

The following lists grant opportunities relevant to interdisciplinary work on environment, energy, sustainability and health, and are ordered by deadline. Note that many opportunities with rolling or various deadlines are at the bottom of the page. 
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Latest opportunities

Young Earth Solutions Research Grant Competition in Sustainable Food Systems
Deadline: 6/28/2017

The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition's 2017 Young Earth Solutions Research Grant Competition seeks groundbreaking research ideas that have a high impact potential for the sustainability of food systems

Water Data Challenge
Deadline: 7/1/2017

The World Bank and the Government of Australia invites proposals from innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers for new data, approaches and technologies to organize, disclose and distribute water data to farmers. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

Create the Future Design Contest
Deadline: 7/1/2017

The Create the Future Design Contest stimulates and rewards engineering innovation in several categories, including sustainable technologies. The annual event has attracted more than 12,000 product design ideas from engineers, entrepreneurs, and students worldwide.

2017 Healthier World Challenge Planning Grants
Deadline: 7/15/2017

The Johns Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World invites proposals from multidisciplinary teams of Johns Hopkins faculty and students for planning grants for approaches to pursue health equity over a 4 month period.

Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives Program
Deadline: 7/17/2017

The US Department of Defense (DoD) is accepting submissions for basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education (universities) that is of potential interest to the DoD, including solutions for environment and energy applications.

Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program
Deadline: 7/27/2017

The Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program invests in on-the-ground restoration and planning to restore the quality of forest and freshwater habitats in the Appalachian regions of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia.

Geodynamic Processes at Rifting and Subducting Margins
Deadline: 7/27/2017

NSF is accepting proposals for investigations into coupled geodynamics, earth surface processes, and climate interactions that build and modify continental margins over a wide range of timescales.

Circular Design Challenge: Solutions for Plastics Packaging
Deadline: 7/28/2017

The challenge seeks to catalyze innovation and help to advance the development of new packaging formats and/or delivery models that can be alternatives to the ones used today. The challenge targets small-format items, such as sachets, wrappers, tear-offs, straws, and bottle caps.

Lipitz Public Health Policy Faculty Awards
Deadline: 7/30/2017

The Institute for Health and Social Policy is accepting applications for the Lipitz Public Health Policy Faculty Awards to support innovative, timely, applied public health policy projects led by faculty at the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dreyfus Foundation: Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry
Deadline: 8/1/2017

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation provides a principal investigator with an award of $120,000 over two years to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow in environmental chemistry.

Science, Technology, and Society
Deadline: 8/3/2017

The National Science Foundation Science, Technology and Society funding opportunity considers proposals for scientific research into the interface between science (including engineering) or technology, and society.

Competition: Management and Operation of the National Center for Atmospheric Research
Deadline: 8/7/2017

NSF seeks proposals for a managing organization to operate and maintain the National Center for Atmospheric Research to continue its work in providing research, facilities and services in support of the atmospheric and broader geosciences communities.

Green Chemistry and Commerce Council Challenge: Developing New Preservatives for Products
Deadline: 8/24/2017

The challenge seeks to identify innovators developing preservatives with improved environmental health and safety profiles for use in cosmetics, personal care and household products.

Geography and Spatial Sciences Program
Deadline: 9/7/2017

The NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences Program invites proposals for research on the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on Earth.

Science of Science and Innovation Policy
Deadline: 9/11/2017

NSF is accepting proposals for projects that develops, improves and expands models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision making process.

Tinker Foundation Institutional Grants on Latin American Policy
Deadline: 9/15/2017

Tinker Foundation accepts proposals for projects on sustainable resource management in Latin America that address promoting sustainable management practices and water challenges.

Engineering for Natural Hazards
Deadline: 9/15/2017

NSF invites proposals to conduct research on preventing natural hazards from becoming disasters within the constructed civil infrastructure.

Eppley Foundation for Research
Deadline: 9/15/2017

The Eppley Foundation supports projects in biological and physical sciences, particularly in projects related to endangered species, ecosystems, and climate change that would not be funded by conventional sources.

Civil Infrastructure Systems
Deadline: 9/15/2017

NSF invites proposals to support fundamental and innovative research necessary for designing, constructing, managing, maintaining, operating and protecting efficient, resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure systems.

Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events
Deadline: 9/15/2017

NSF is accepting proposals for research on the impact of large-scale hazards on civil infrastructure and society as well as preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery.

Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science
Deadline: 9/30/2017

The U.S. Department of Energy has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement to support early-stage applied research to explore innovative new concepts with the potential for transformational and disruptive changes in energy technology.

Environmental Sustainability
Deadline: 10/20/2017

NSF welcomes proposals for research projects focused on sustainable energy systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural systems.

Environmental Engineering
Deadline: 10/20/2017

NSF's Environmental Engineering program encourages transformative research which applies scientific and engineering principles to avoid or minimize solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges, resulting from human activity, into land, inland and coastal waters, and air.

Energy for Sustainability
Deadline: 10/20/2017

NSF's Energy for Sustainability program supports fundamental engineering research that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and fuels, and for energy storage.

Wildland Fire Sensors Challenge
Deadline: 11/22/2017

A collaborative partnership of federal agencies seeks submissions for a field-ready prototype system capable of measuring constituents of smoke, including particulates, carbon monoxide, ozone, and carbon dioxide, over the wide range of levels expected during wildland fires.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund: Sustainable Development Program
Deadline: 12/31/2017

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s Sustainable Development program focuses on advancing solutions to climate change, with a significant focus on the United States. Applications for funding are considered throughout the year.

Let’s Talk About Water Program: Water Science Education
Deadline: 12/31/2017

The Challenge Grant program helps support universities to develop a Let’s Talk About Water program as part of their water science outreach events.

Integrated Interdisciplinary Research and Education
Deadline: 12/31/2017

NSF supports bold interdisciplinary projects in all NSF-supported areas of science, engineering, and education research. Proposals are accepted anytime.

Cultural Anthropology
Deadline: 12/31/2017

NSF is accepting applications for research and other scholarly activities on the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability, including socio-cultural drivers of anthropogenic processes (deforestation, desertification, etc.). Deadlines vary.

Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry
Deadline: 12/31/2017

NSF's GOALI program is accepting proposals for research to further scientific and engineering foundations to enable future breakthrough technologies with the potential to address critical industry needs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Hydrologic Sciences
Deadline: 12/31/2017

NSF is accepting proposals for research related to fluxes of water in the environment as well as the mass and energy transport function of the water cycle in the environment. Proposals are accepted anytime.

Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials
Deadline: 12/31/2017

NSF accepts proposals that address the interrelated challenges of sustainable supply, engineering, production, and use of chemicals and materials. Deadlines vary depending on the NSF division to which the proposal is submitted.

Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics
Deadline: 12/31/2017

NSF’s Geomorphology and Land-use Dynamics program supports innovative research into processes that shape and modify landscapes over a variety of length and time scales, including changes due to human impact. Applications are accepted anytime.

Prediction of and Resilience against Extreme Events
Deadline: 1/4/2018

The NSF Directorate for Geosciences invites proposals for research and conferences that improve our understanding of the fundamental processes underlying natural hazards and extreme events in the geosciences.

2017 Healthier World Challenge Implementation Grants
Deadline: 1/31/2018

The Johns Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World invites proposals from multidisciplinary teams of Johns Hopkins faculty and students and their local partners to scale up projects, collect data evaluate and report results, design innovation products or services and plan next steps.

Learning to be an innovator is about learning to cross disciplinary boundaries and exploring problems and their solutions from multiple perspectives.
— Tony Wagner