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.

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.

Fisher Center Discovery Program in Environmental Infectious Diseases

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.

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.

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.

Systems Science

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

Geography and Spatial Sciences Program

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.

Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics

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.

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.

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.

Cultural Anthropology

NSF's Cultural Anthropology program supports 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.).

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.

Prediction of and Resilience against Extreme Events

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.

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.

MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science

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.

Organic Food and Farming Research

Farmers Advocating for Organic accepts letters of interest three times a year from academic and research institutions for research related to organic farmers, organic farming practices and organic food, and projects that provide organic agricultural education for farmers, or educate consumers.

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.

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.

Transdisciplinary Research into Detecting and Controlling Lead in Drinking Water
Deadline: 8/15/2017

The US EPA invites proposals for transdisciplinary research across an entire continuum: from lead’s occurrence in a community’s water supply, treatment and distribution, through the effect of lead on public health.

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.

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.

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.

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 environmental sustainability topic areas: 1) combustion related to sustainable energy, and 2) urban water sustainability.

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.

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.

Now I truly believe that we in this generation must come to terms with nature, and I think we're challenged, as mankind has never been challenged before, to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature but of ourselves.
— Rachel Carson, Author, Silent Spring