Funding Opportunities

This page provides information regarding current proposal-specific funding opportunities. For additional ongoing and general funding resources please visit our Pre-Award page.


AERA Grants Program Dissertation and Research Grants

The AERA Grants Program is currently accepting proposals for both its Dissertation and Research Grants. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the AERA Grants Program provides dissertation grants to graduate students and small research grants to doctoral level scholars using large-scale data sets in their research. Applicants are encouraged to watch the pre-recorded informational webinar to learn more about the AERA Grants Program and application process.

The AERA Grants Program emphasizes the advanced statistical analysis of data sets from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, NSF, and other federal agencies. The program also supports studies using large-scale international data systems (e.g., PISA, PIRLS, or TIMMS) that benefit from U.S. federal government support. In addition, statewide longitudinal administrative data systems enhanced through federal grants are also eligible for consideration. Proposals are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as, but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics.

AERA Dissertation Grants. AERA provides dissertation support for advanced doctoral students to undertake doctoral dissertations using data from large-scale data sets. The award provides professional development, training, and networking opportunities for students. The selection process is competitive. AERA Dissertation Grants are awarded for one-year for an amount of up to $25,000.

AERA Research Grants. AERA provides small grants for faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars to undertake quantitative research using data from large-scale data sets. The selection process is competitive. AERA Research Grants are awarded for one or two years, for an amount of up to $35,000.

The next proposal deadline is Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Please do not hesitate to contact me via email ( or phone (202-238-3200) if you have any questions regarding our program.


Spencer Mentor Award

At the Spencer Foundation, we are dedicated to the belief that high-quality research training and mentoring is a cornerstone of our field and worthy of recognition. As such, we are excited to announce the creation of the Spencer Mentor Award and invite you to nominate a mentor who you believe has demonstrated extraordinary contributions to supporting the research training and career trajectories of graduate students and junior scholars that engage in educational research, broadly construed. This award will provide a $25,000 grant to the winner in support of their mentoring work in the field.

We see mentorship as critical to our goals of supporting – and broadening access to – rigorous, high-quality education research training. We recognize that mentorship comes in many forms and encourage nominations that make explicit and value the full range of these possibilities. Through this award, we hope to give added recognition to the importance of mentoring and acknowledge mentors who have enriched the lives, research, and careers of their students and colleagues, and in doing so, improved our field.

Mentors must be nominated to be considered for this award (self-nominations will not be accepted). Nominations are due by 2:00pm central time on Friday, March 15, 2019, and the award will be announced April 6, 2019, at Spencer’s annual American Education Research Association (AERA) reception in Toronto, Ontario. More information about the nomination process and award guidelines can be found on our website.


IES Summer Research Training Institute - Summer 2019

We will be offering the IES Summer Research Training Institute again this summer at Northwestern University from July 8–18, 2019. I hope you have found the previous training you received from the Summer CRT Institute to be valuable.

As a previous participant in the Training Institute, I strongly encourage you to recommend applying to the Training Institute to your colleagues. Here's information about this
year's Training Institute that you can pass along to your colleagues:

When: July 8–18, 2019

Where: Northwestern University; Evanston, IL
Application Deadline: March 29, 2019, 8:00 pm EDT.

More information about the Training Institute is available at:

Completed application materials should be sent to Valerie Lyne at:

You may also contact Valerie if you, or your colleagues, have any questions about the Training Institute.


2019 William T. Grant Scholars Program Application Guide

Just released, the 2019 Scholars Program Application Guide details our research focus areas, as well as the eligibility requirements, application procedures, submission instructions, and selection criteria for Scholars awards.

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas.

The online application opens on April 30, and the deadline to submit an application is July 2, 2019, 3:00 PM EST. Read more here.


NIH Proposal Development Training Series

Please join us for a FREE training series in NIH proposal development sponsored by ResearchNet and the integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV)!

This series is designed to assist faculty and staff to navigate the various components of an NIH grant proposal through a series of online training courses. 

Training is provided via “live” webinars (which participants can access from their own computers or participate in a hosted group session) as well as on-demand enduring training offerings.

See details in the iTHRIV portal:

Sign up now as space is limited!


Brady Education Foundation RFP

The Brady Education Foundation seeks to close the achievement/opportunity gap for children at risk for poor school outcomes due to environmental factors associated with living in poverty.

To advance this mission, the foundation is accepting stage-one applications from projects focused on the development and evaluation of programs that are consistent with a strength-based approach and show promise of being feasible, effective, and sustainable.


NIMH New Funding Opportunity in ASD Services Research and Technical Assistance Webinar

NIMH announces the release of two new announcements to support experienced investigators seeking to redirect or expand their research programs to address autism services research for adults and transition-age youth.

NIMH Career Enhancement Award to Advance Autism Services Research for Adults and Transition-Age Youth (K18 Clinical Trials Not Allowed(RFA-MH-19-100)       

NIMH Career Enhancement Award to Advance Autism Services Research for Adults and Transition-Age Youth (K18 Clinical Trials Required) (RFA-MH-19-101)    

Registration is now open for a Technical Assistance Webinar, strongly encouraged but not required for those who plan to apply.


On Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 12PM EDT the NIMH will conduct a one-time, pre-application technical assistance webinar for the funding opportunity announcements, "NIMH Career Enhancement Award to Advance Autism Services Research for Adults and Transition-Age Youth." The intent of the webinar is to provide an overview of the FOA and to address questions pertinent to preparing an application. Participation in the webinar, although encouraged, is optional and is not required for application submission. You must register to view this webinar via this link:  

Once your registration is completed, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session. Prospective applicants are encouraged to submit their questions or comments regarding the FOA to Nicole North ( at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled webinar. Please indicate "ASD Webinar" in the subject line of your email. The webinar link will be sent out to registered participants the day before, August 8th.

  • These are time-limited announcements, and each has two receipt dates: October 22, 2018 and June 21, 2019 by 5:00 PM local time of the applicant organization.
  • Applications submitted to the October receipt date but not funded are eligible to revise and resubmit to the June receipt date.
  • The program will support research training and career development experiences and a small-scale research project that will provide experienced investigators with the scientific competencies required to conduct research relevant to services for adults or transition-age youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Eligible candidates are independent investigators at any faculty rank or level.
  • A project period of 12-14 months may be requested.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

Please see the full announcements available through the links above for further details about these mechanisms.


UVA STAR Call for Pilot Proposals

The purpose of the Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR) Initiative at the University of Virginia is to facilitate transformative research focused on improving the lives of individuals with autism and their families.  STAR Pilot Awards are intended to support innovative faculty-initiated research projects with strong scientific merit and high potential for extramural support.  These awards will fund small-scale projects or early-stage studies that are intended to gather preliminary data, expand or extend prior work, and lead to competitive applications for external funding.  Investigators new to the field of autism are encouraged to apply, as are transdisciplinary and applied research teams.

Projects should emphasize novel research and lead to specific plans for obtaining extramural funding.  Projects may focus on any aspect of autism research, but those that are aligned with priorities identified in the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Strategic Plan ( will be given preference.  Interdisciplinary collaboration is also strongly encouraged. Please see the linked attachment for additional information.


3 Cavaliers Seed Funding

The 3C program provides support for groups of three collaborative faculty members spread across at least two disparate disciplines, located in different units or schools, to self-assemble, formulate and explore creative, high-risk, high-payoff interdisciplinary research ideas that might not be ready for more traditional funding.

Seed Funding for $60K and $15K projects. Three faculty collaborating on a new idea. The goal of this program is to empower faculty creativity and significantly advance our interdisciplinary research culture. Visit the website for additional information. (updated 7/11/18)


Two Webinars on Working at the University-Industry Interface: Effective Strategies for Active Researchers

Session 1: Understanding the Benefits and Challenges of Working with Industry/Research Institutions

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. EST - Note: To attend this webinar RSVP to Jeff Fox ( - the webinar viewing will be held in Varsity Hall. A link to the recorded webinar will be made available 7-10 days following and will be accessible for 60 days for anyone wishing to view it from their computer.

Speakers: Richard McCullough, Vice Provost for Research, Harvard, and Deborah Stokes, Director External Research and Academic Alliances, Dell EMC

·      Understanding the different types of university-industry engagements

·      Scenarios for successful partnerships

·      Overcoming common obstacles:

o    Time

o    Negotiated agreements

o    Confidentiality

o    Classified work

o    Project length

Session 2: Managing Expectations and Creating Long Term Relationships

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. EST

Speakers: Randy Hall, Vice President for ResearchUniversity of Southern California, and Mark Schmidt, Principal Scientist and Manager, Global University Relations, John Deere

·      Six key questions to prepare for industry engagement

·      Working with experienced and first-time industry sponsors

·      Key points to consider when discussing a specific project

Date Recorded: Wednesday, February 21, 2018


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UVa Seed Funding Opportunities

(updated 3/21/17)