government grants

  • Dont’ forget to subscribe to the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) e-mail service for announcing NIH funding opportunities in the behavioral and social sciences!
  • NIH Director’s New Innovator Award – The NIH Director’s New Innovator Award will support research by new investigators who propose highly innovative projects with the potential for exceptionally great impact on biomedical or behavioral science. NIH expects to make at least 14 awards in September 2007. Each grant will be for 5 years and up to a total of $1.5 million in direct costs plus applicable facilities and administrative costs. Women and members of groups that are underrepresented in biomedical or behavioral research are especially encouraged to apply.
    • Open to New Investigators Who
      –Have not yet obtained an NIH R01 or similar grant
      –Hold an independent research position at an institution in the United States
      –Received a doctoral degree or completed medical internship and residency in 1997 or later
      –Propose research in any scientific area relevant to the NIH mission
      Apply Electronically
      –Get instructions at
      –Prepare the short application; preliminary data allowed, but not required
      More Information
      –E-mail questions to or call 301-594-4469
  • NIH Director’s Pioneer Award (NDPA) Program
    This program, a High-Risk Research initiative of Research Teams of the Future, is meant to complement NIH’s traditional, investigator-initiated grant programs by supporting individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering approaches to major contemporary challenges in biomedical research. First announced in 2004, the NDPA program resulted in nine awards in the first year. NIH has announced a second NPDA competition in 2005 for approximately five to ten new awards of up to $500,000 direct costs per year for five years. The program is not intended to support ongoing research projects or simply to expand the funding of persons already well supported for a particular project. The program is targeted to investigators at the early to middle stages of their careers. Awardees are expected to commit the major portion (at least 51 percent) of their research effort to activities supported by the NDPA.
  • Ethics Education in Science and Education
    NSF announces a new funding competition, on the subject of Ethics Education in Science and Engineering. The Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) program considers proposals for research and educational projects to improve ethics education in all of the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. For this year, proposals must focus on improving ethics education for graduate students in those fields, and on ethical issues that arise in research or graduate research education in those fields, particularly in interdisciplinary or inter-institutional contexts.
  • Social and Cultural Dimensions of Health, National Institutes of Health
    Deadline for Applications: the first of February, June and October of each year
    In cooperation with the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, 14 NIH institutes invite qualified researchers to submit research grant applications on the social and cultural dimensions of health. This announcement calls for research to (a) elucidate basic social and cultural constructs and processes used in health research, (b) clarify social and cultural factors in the etiology and consequences of health and illness, (c) link basic research to practice for improving prevention, treatment, health services and dissemination, and (d) explore ethical issues in social and cultural research. The overall goal is to encourage further development of health-related social sciences research relevant to the missions of the NIH Institutes and Centers. For a full announcement, go to
  • also try SRA International’s Government Funding and Resources

non-governmental grants

  • The Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research program of the Robert
    Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
     The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research funds highly-qualified individuals to undertake broad studies of the most challenging health policy issues facing America. We will award approximately 10 grants of up to $335,000 each to investigators from a variety of disciplines to support projects that combine creative and conceptual thinking with innovative, policy-relevant approaches. We welcome applications from investigators in the health, social and behavioral sciences as well as other fields. We seek a diverse group of applicants, including minorities, early-career investigators and individuals who work in nonacademic settings such as research firms and policy organizations. Applicants must be affiliated either with educational institutions or with 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in the United States or its territories. Past Investigator Awardees are ineligible to apply. Letter of Intent Deadline: March 25, 2009. The complete call for applications is available at
  • Addiction Research – American Foundation for Addiction Research (AFAR)
    The American Foundation for Addiction Research annually awards research grants of $10,000 to $175,000 for research in the following priority areas: the neurochemistry of addictions; sexual addiction; the role of couples and families in the addiction recovery process; and how trauma affects addictive disorders.
    Contact: American Foundation for Addiction Research
    P O Box 2800-338
    Carefree, AZ 85377
    Phone: 480-368-2688
    Fax: 480-368-5226
  • also check out non-governmental funding organizations

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