Research Funding Resources

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  • Penn State Opportunities - Find announcements and applications for limited submissions and other opportunities such as Foundation Relations, Undergraduate Research, the Graduate School, as well as other internal funding programs.
  • Social Science Research Institute - SSRI - Bringing together researchers from different disciplines around emerging areas of study.
  • Research Initiation Grants Program - RIG - Assisting College of Education faculty in the developmental stages of major research projects.
  • College Endowment Research Opportunities  - seed grants to advance K-12 social issue research.
    • Power of Story: One-year projects for research and practice focused on the power of story to advance leadership, pedagogy, and social justice. Funding support by the David H. and Pamela A. Monk Endowment   Funding announcement made early Spring semester, proposal deadline March 1.
    • Social Issues:  One-year projects for capacity building and research and intervention programs. Funded in two categories: 1) Capacity Building Programs developing strategies to lead to a Research intervention Program, and 2) Research and Intervention Programs which is to advance research and intervention programs. Funding support by the King Family Impact Endowment  Funding announcement made mid-Spring semester, proposal deadline April 11.

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Below is a link to a a timeline of foundations supporting education that have a cyclical funding cycle. Some deadlines are fixed, while others are our estimates based on previous experience. This list will be updated by the College Grants Office and the Office of Foundation Relations.

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Cyclical Foundation Funding Timeline

Active Funding Opportunities


IES 84.305S: Using Longitudinal Data to Support State Education Policymaking

In FY 2021, IES began the Using Longitudinal Data to Support State Policymaking grant program (Using Data for Policymaking) to expand State agencies' use of their State Longitudinal Data Systems* (SLDS) for generating evidence in support of education policy decisions. The Using Data for Policymaking grants carry out research aligned with what State agencies want to know about a specific education issue, program, or policy and also generate findings with practical implications for the State agency's decision making.


LETTER OF INTENT:  06/06/2024


IES 84.305T: Transformative Research in the Education Sciences Grants Program

Through the Transformative Research in the Education Sciences Grants Program, IES seeks to support innovative research that has the potential to make dramatic advances towards solving seemingly intractable problems and challenges in the education field and/or to accelerate the pace of conducting education research to facilitate major breakthroughs. Transformative research projects are characterized by bold and innovative thinking, interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration, and the potential to lead to high-reward solutions. Both high-quality research approaches and careful considerations of product development are needed to create high-reward, scalable solutions. There is risk that the innovative research proposed will not be able to be implemented as planned. IES expects teams to continually reassess their approaches and progress toward meeting project goals and be prepared to alter their plans to meet their project aims.


LETTER OF INTENT:  06/06/2024



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NSF's INTERN program:  A supplemental funding program available to PIs and CO-Pis of active NSF awards that provides "for one or more graduate students to gain knowledge, skills and experiences that will augment their preparation for a successful long-term career through an internship in a non-academic setting”.

NSF: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Directorate for STEM Education (IUSE: EDU)

The IUSE: EDU program features two tracks: (1) Engaged Student Learning and (2) Institutional and Community Transformation.  The IUSE: EDU is a core NSF STEM education program that seeks to promote novel, creative, and transformative approaches to generating and using new knowledge about STEM teaching and learning to improve STEM education for undergraduate students.

 IUSE: EDU also seeks to support projects that have high potential for broader societal impacts, including improved diversity of students and instructors participating in STEM education, professional development for instructors to ensure adoption of new and effective pedagogical techniques that meet the changing needs of students, and projects that promote institutional partnerships for collaborative research and development. IUSE: EDU especially welcomes proposals that will pair well with the efforts of NSF INCLUDES ( to develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society.

DEADLINE: July 17, 2024, for Level 2 and 3 Proposals for Engaged Student Learning; Level 2 proposals for Institutional and Community Transformation



USDE OESE: FY 2024 Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Competitions


The U.S. Department of Education  inviting applications for the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program’s Early-phaseMid-Phase, and Expansion competitions.


Notice of Intent to Apply

Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify the Department of their intent to apply for funding through the Education Innovation and Research Program (EIR). Please note that submitting a notice of intent to apply does not mean that an entity is obligated to apply for an EIR grant, nor is it bound to the information provided in the notice of intent.


FY2024 EIR Grants Competition Notice of Intent to Apply link


 Early-phase (84.411C)

Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: June 6, 2024
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 22, 2024

Mid-phase (84.411B)

Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: June 6, 2024
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 5, 2024

Expansion (84.411A)

Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: June 6, 2024
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 5, 2024






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Arnold Ventures

Rigorous Impact Evaluations of Student Success Programs and Practices in Higher Education

Arnold Ventures (AV) is a nonpartisan philanthropy whose core mission is to invest in evidence-based solutions that maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. The Higher Education initiative seeks to identify and scale effective practices that improve student success and address equity gaps in higher education. Our ultimate goal in this effort is to build credible evidence about “what works” to improve student success outcomes and, in particular, to increase the number of interventions rigorously shown to produce important improvements in outcomes including but not limited to student learning, persistence, degree or certificate completion, job placement, post-college earnings, and debt burden.

For the purposes of this RFP, such interventions may be broadly defined and, for example, may include programs that target high school students or others not currently enrolled in college, so long as the proposed study will measure the outcomes of interest listed above.


INTERNAL DEADLINE:  Revolving Submission
Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis; there is no deadline


Advanced Education Research & Development Fund

No current announcements

Association of Public Land Grant Universities (APLU)

No current announcements


Brady Education Foundation

No current announcements


Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Education

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Foundation for Child Development

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The Grable Foundation

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Health Resources & Services Administration

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Mellon Foundation

No current announcements.


Richard King Mellon Foundation

The Richard King Mellon Foundation's mission is to improve the competitive position of the region; strengthen the vitality of southwestern Pennsylvania, particularly the City of Pittsburgh and its neighborhoods; and protect important habitats and amenities in western Pennsylvania and other key landscapes. Founded in 1947, the Foundation is the largest foundation in southwestern Pennsylvania, and one of the 50 largest in the world.

Addressing K-12 Learning Loss

Request for Proposals that aims to reduce or eliminate disparities in math, reading, and science literacy among young people ages zero to 24 years who reside in low-income households in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. Proposals submitted for this Request for Proposals fit within the Economic Mobility program’s Educational Attainment investment area. The Foundation will consider all submitted proposals that urgently seek to increase student success in math, reading, and science literacy by providing learning opportunities in in-school, afterschool, or other wraparound learning settings that accelerate and deepen students’ mastery. The Foundation also strongly encourages collaborative proposals that engage multiple partners in the proposed activities, including sharing missions and goals, co-creating and sharing programs and services, and partnering in systems change.

Interested faculty should contact Jara Dorsey-Lash,  [email protected], in Foundation Relations.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Russell Sage Foundation

No current announcements


Simons Foundation

Spencer Foundation


Stranahan Foundation

Van Ameringen Foundation

No current announcements.


W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research


William Penn Foundation

No current announcements.


William T. Grant Foundation


For proposal submission details, please use Penn State's InfoReady website:


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Please visit the Limited Submissions website to complete the Internal Submission Requirements.  See Section titled “Currently Accepting Notices of Intent/Proposals”, select the opportunity “Apply Here.”



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