Grant Opportunities

The following lists grant opportunities relevant to interdisciplinary work on environment, energy, sustainability and related health topics.

Please note that many National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) programs accept proposals multiple times each year. Other opportunities through private foundations, intermediaries, and businesses are typically accepted once per year - please refer directly to their websites for the most recent information about their programs and to confirm deadlines.

For additional resources, visit the JHU Research Office's Funding Opportunities page.

Latest opportunities

Energy for Sustainability

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.

ARPA-E Energy Research and Technologies

The U.S. Dept. of Energy supports the development and deployment of transformational and disruptive energy technologies and systems.

US Department of Defense Environmental Research Programs

The US Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Research Programs fund research and demonstration projects that respond to DoD’s high-priority environmental requirements.

Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events

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

Environmental Sustainability

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

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.

Hydrologic Sciences

NSF's Hydrologic Sciences program supports 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.

Science, Technology, and Society

NSF's Science, Technology and Society program supports scientific research on the interface between science (including engineering) or technology, and society.

Minerva Research Initiative for Social Science Research

This Department of Defense program aims to improve our understanding of social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces - including environmental implications - that shape regions of the world important to the US.

Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials

NSF invites proposals for research that explores the interaction of nanoscale materials and systems with both macro and nano-scale systems in biological and environmental media. Proposals are accepted anytime.

Fluid Dynamics

NSF supports research and education on innovative uses of fluids in materials development, manufacturing, biotechnology, nanotechnology, clinical diagnostics and drug delivery, sensor development and integration, as well as energy and the environment.

Systems Science

NSF accepts proposals for interdisciplinary research on large scale complex engineered systems.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund: Sustainable Development Program

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s Sustainable Development program focuses on advancing solutions to climate change, with a significant focus on the United States.

Integrated Interdisciplinary Research and Education

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

VentureWell Faculty Grants

VentureWell supports faculty to create new courses and programs in which students develop ideas and gain the skills to bring them to the market.

Engineering for Natural Hazards

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

Health Effects Institute Funding for Air Pollution and Health Research

The Health Effects Institute provides various funding opportunities for air pollution and health research to address important questions about the health effects of a variety of ambient air pollutants.

Civil Infrastructure Systems

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.

Lemelson-MIT Prize for Technological Inventions

The Lemelson-MIT Prize is awarded to outstanding mid-career inventors, who have developed a patented product or process of significant value to society, which has been adopted for practical use, or has a high probability of being adopted.

Johns Hopkins Catalyst Awards

The Johns Hopkins Catalyst Awards supports promising research and creative endeavors of early career faculty at Johns Hopkins with the goal of launching them on a path to a sustainable and rewarding academic career.

Johns Hopkins Discovery Awards

The Johns Hopkins Discovery Awards provide grant awards to cross-divisional teams, comprised of faculty and/or non-faculty members from at least two schools or affiliates of Johns Hopkins University, who are poised to arrive at important discoveries or creative works.

Assessing and Addressing Community Exposures to Environmental Contaminants

NIH encourages community-engagement projects designed to investigate the potential health risks of environmental exposures of concern to a community and to implement an environmental public health action plan based on research findings.

Water Research Foundation Funding

The Water Research Foundation engages researchers committed to advancing the science of water to protect public health and the environment. They regularly post Request for Proposals in a wide range of water research.

IBM World Community Grid: Support for Climate or Environmental Research

IBM invites scientists to apply for grants of large-scale crowdsourced computing power, weather data, and cloud storage to support research on important climate science and environmental problems and their impact.

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 accepts proposals each year in September 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.

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.

Fisher Center Discovery Program in Environmental Infectious Diseases
Deadline: 9/18/2017

Johns Hopkins faculty are invited to apply for the Fisher Center Discovery Program, which emphasizes understudied infectious diseases caused by environmental pathogens causing human illness.

Nutrient Sensor Action Challenge
Deadline: 9/20/2017

The Challenge seeks entries for action plans describing an approach for low-cost continuous sensors to help states and communities prevent and reduce nutrient pollution in existing water monitoring efforts.

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.

MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science
Deadline: 10/16/2017

NSF accepts proposals in October each year for innovative, integrated, systems-oriented macroscale biology research to detect, understand, and forecast the consequences of climate and land use change and invasive species on the biosphere at regional to continental scales.

Joint US-China Research in Environmental Sustainability Challenges
Deadline: 10/20/2017

NSF and the National Natural Science Foundation of China are accepting research proposals from joint US-China teams in two areas related to innovations at the nexus of food, energy, and water systems.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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