Searching for research funding can be overwhelming – but the Office of Research and Grants Administration (ORGA) is here to take the stress out of the process so that College of Charleston faculty are able to concentrate on their research at hand. As the central source of information on major government agencies, foundations and corporations that impact research and scholarship, ORGA compiles lists of funding opportunities and deadlines in its monthly newsletter, #GETFUNDEDCOFC.

Below is a sneak peak of some of the upcoming funding opportunities that CofC faculty won’t want to miss!

NEH LogoNational Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Program
Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2021
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Debate, exchange of ideas and working together – all are basic activities that advance humanities knowledge and foster rich scholarship that could not be accomplished by a single researcher working alone. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Collaborative Research Program seeks applications for projects that propose collaborative research between two or more researchers. This program wishes to facilitate an interdisciplinary approach to research by engaging researchers from different institutions and backgrounds of study. International collaboration is also encouraged, yet one of the researchers should be based in the U.S. There are four project categories for this grant: Planning International Collaboration, Conference, Manuscript Preparation and Scholarly Digital Projects. Applicants should specify one category when applying.

NASA SC SpaceNASA SC Space Grant Consortium Palmetto Academy – Faculty and Student Programs
Application Deadline: Dec. 7, 2021
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The Palmetto Academy Faculty and Student Programs support faculty and student led research projects with relevance to the NASA Strategic Plan 2018, the NASA Mission Directorate priorities as well as South Carolina’s Science and Technology Vision 2025 in order to meet the growing need by NASA for skilled science and engineering workers. Palmetto Academy faculty applications are due Dec. 7, 2021, and student applications are due Jan. 28, 2022.

NEH LogoNational Endowment for the Humanities Public Humanities Projects
Application Deadline: Jan. 12, 2022
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The Public Humanities Projects program supports projects in three categories – exhibitions, historic places and humanities discussions – that bring the ideas of the humanities to life for general audiences through public programming. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics and art history. Awards support projects that are intended to reach broad and diverse public audiences.

NASA SC SpaceNASA SC Space Grant Consortium Research and Education Awards Program
Application Deadline: Jan. 28, 2022
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The Research and Education Awards Program (REAP) provides support for faculty members and/or students for the development of contacts and collaborations that will bring South Carolina faculty into the mainstream of research activity, thereby increasing their chances for successfully competing in the research and education marketplace. The overall goal of REAP is to effectively utilize SC Space Grant Consortium’s resources to 1) develop new research projects or directions; 2) obtain unique training and exposure; and 3) foster collaborations among campuses, as well as with NASA and/or other federal agencies and the aerospace industry, in general. Proposals should detail research projects with relevance to the NASA Strategic Plan 2018, the NASA Mission Directorate priorities as well as South Carolina’s Science and Technology Vision 2025.

NIH LogoNational Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award for Undergraduate-Focused Institutions (R15 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Standard R15 Application Deadlines: Feb. 25, 2022; June 25, 2022; Oct. 25, 2022
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The purpose of the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) for Undergraduate-Focused Institutions is to support small-scale research grants at institutions that do not receive substantial funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with an emphasis on providing biomedical research experiences primarily for undergraduate students and enhancing the research environment at applicant institutions.

NIH LogoNational Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award for Undergraduate-Focused Institutions (R15 Clinical Trial Required)
Standard R15 Application Deadlines: Feb. 25, 2022; June 25, 2022; Oct. 25, 2022
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The purpose of the AREA for Undergraduate-Focused Institutions is to support small-scale research grants at institutions that do not receive substantial funding from the NIH, with an emphasis on providing biomedical research experiences primarily for undergraduate students and enhancing the research environment at applicant institutions.

NSF LogoNational Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program
Application Deadline: July 25, 2022
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The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. Proposers must meet all the following eligibility requirements as of the annual deadline: hold a doctoral degree in a field supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF); be engaged in research in an area of science, engineering or education supported by NSF; hold at least a 50% tenure-track (or tenure-track-equivalent) position as an assistant professor (or equivalent title); be untenured; and have not previously received a CAREER award.

Faculty planning to submit a proposal for external funding, should contact ORGA at grants@cofc.edu.

Faculty may also consider attending the 2021 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration, Nov. 1–4, 2021. This seminar is designed to provide administrators, early-stage investigators, researchers and graduate students with the opportunity to learn about the NIH grants process, programs and policies directly from NIH and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) experts. This event is intended to help demystify the application and review process, clarify federal regulations and policies and highlight current areas of special interest or concern. The conference is fully virtual and free to attend. More information and registration are available through the NIH website.

For further assistance with funding opportunities, email orga@cofc.edu, and follow ORGA on Facebook and Twitter for updates on funding opportunities, helpful tips and previous awards.