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Funding Opportunities

Rolling Deadline

Name Due Date Description
Simons Foundation Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences Rolling Deadline The program is intended to support high-risk theoretical mathematics, physics and computer science projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis.

Due in the Next Month

Name Due Date Description
Moore Scholars Program November 25, 2019 The Moore Scholars program enables Caltech to host notable scientists for extended visits to Caltech. Each Division has a fixed allocation of funding for this program. To facilitate allocating resources for the 2020/2021 academic year, please send your nominations by email to by November 25th, 2019. Nominations should include a letter, CV of the candidate, and indicate a proposed duration of the stay.
Cecilia Payne-Goposchkin Doctoral Dissertation Award in Astrophysics November 29, 2019 The Award recognizes exceptional young scientists who have performed original doctoral thesis work of outstanding scientific quality in the area of astrophysics, and encourages effective written and oral presentation of research results. The annual Award consists of $1,500 and a certificate citing the contribution made by the recipient. Three finalists will receive travel stipends of $750 to present their work in an invited session at the APS April Meeting 2020 where their presentations will be considered along with their other qualifications in choosing the Award recipient.
Dan David Prize November 30, 2019
(nominations due)
The Dan David Prize awards scholarships to doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, carrying out research in one of the selected fields for the current year. Registered doctoral and post-doctoral researchers who study at recognized universities throughout the world, and whose research has been approved, are eligible to apply.
NSF Critizal-Zone Collaborative Network December 2, 2019 NSF seeks proposals to establish an adaptive and responsive research network that supports investigations of the Earth’s Critical Zone. This network will consist of two components that will work together to advance knowledge, education, and outreach in this convergent science: 1) Thematic Clusters of fixed or temporary locations will conduct basic research on significant, overarching scientific questions concerning the structure, function, and processes of the Critical Zone. These U.S.-based Clusters could include existing observatories engaged in collecting environmental data, other monitoring locations that have been in operation for extended periods of time, and new sites that will support the scientific goals of the Cluster; 2) A Coordinating Hub that will oversee the compatibility and archiving of the data resulting from the Thematic Clusters, coordinate outreach and community-building activities, support the use of network facilities by outside researchers, and plan for infrastructure needs of the network.
J. Yang and Family Foundation December 2, 2019 Funding is available through a generous gift from the J Yang & Family Foundation to support research collaborations between Caltech and Taiwanese scholars, as well as funding for two graduate fellowships for students of superior academic achievement from Taiwan.

Research projects in any discipline will be selected for support by a faculty committee (Nai-Chang Yeh, Kaushik Bhattacharya, and Douglas Rees) based on the following criteria:
• the depth of partnership with one or more Taiwanese scholars
• likelihood of travel between the U.S. and Taiwan
• involvement of graduate or undergraduate students
• availability or potential for additional funding that would underpin success
• a well-developed research plan.

The faculty committee will consider both new projects for which the J Yang & Family Foundation could help launch a research endeavor, as well as active projects poised to achieve meaningful results. The primary investigators may use the funds in support of travel costs including visas and travel documents, field research, meetings or conferences, small research equipment and supplies, and salary support for research assistants.

A total of $50K annually is available through the J Yang & Family Foundation for this purpose, to be distributed among all selected projects.

A 2 page proposal addressing the above criteria maybe submitted to Applications will be reviewed commencing December 2, 2019.

In addition, the J. Yang Scholarship provides funding for two graduate fellowships each year that include a stipend of $35,000, and full tuition and fees coverage. A letter of nomination from the candidate’s academic advisor outlining the candidates’ eligibility and promise for research, along with a current CV for the student are required. Nominations should be submitted to by December 2, 2019
Ford Foundation Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs December 10, 2019 Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Due at Future Date

Name Due Date Description
NSF Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP) December 19, 2019 (preliminary Proposal) A vigorous Mid-Scale Innovations Program (MSIP) was recommended by the 2010 Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey, citing "many highly promising projects for achieving diverse and timely science." As described in this solicitation, the Division of Astronomical Sciences conducts a mid-scale program to support a variety of astronomical activities within a cost range up to $30M. This program is formally divided into four subcategories: 1) limited term, self-contained science projects; 2) longer term mid-scale facilities; 3) development investments for future mid-scale and large-scale projects; and 4) community open access capabilities. MSIP will emphasize both strong scientific merit and a well-developed plan for student training and involvement of a diverse workforce in instrumentation, facility development, or data management.

Previous Opportunities

Name Due Date Description
President's and Director's Research and Development Fund (PDRDF) November 15, 2019 The PDRDF aims to build and strengthen collaborative relationships between Caltech campus and JPL researchers by funding investigations having long-term impact on areas relevant to NASA, space science, and technology.
Stanford Science Fellows Program November 1, 2019 The Stanford Science Fellows program is focused on incubating new directions in foundational scientific research by an interdisciplinary community of independent postdoctoral scholars from around the globe, driven by a sense of wonder about the natural world.
Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) November 1, 2019 The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.

If you are faculty and intend to submit a pre-proposal please inform Fiona Harrison.
Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program November 1, 2019 The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program assists U.S. higher education institutions in expanding programs of academic exchange, by supporting non-U.S. scholars through grants for teaching at institutions that might not have a strong international component and/or serve minority audiences. Both the U.S. institution and the scholar grantee benefit from this experience.
Ho-Am Prize October 31, 2019 The Ho-Am Prize was established in 1990 by Kun-Hee Lee, the Chairman of Samsung, with a vision to create a new corporate culture that continues the noble spirit of public service espoused by the late Chairman Byung-chull Lee, founder of Samsung. The Prize, named after the late Chairman's pen name, is presented each year to individuals who have contributed to academics, the arts, and social development, or who have furthered the welfare of humanity through distinguished accomplishments in their respective professional fields.
Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences Awards October 3, 2019 The aim of the Simons Collaborations in MPS program is to stimulate progress on fundamental scientific questions of major importance in mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science.

Funding Agency Resources

The following list provides links to the agencies that provide the majority of grant and contract funds awarded to Caltech. Not all agencies/institutions have web sites. If you are looking for information regarding a particular agency or solicitation and have trouble finding it please e-mail Samantha Westcott for assistance.