This website has been developed to assist faculty in STEM in finding external funding opportunities. Note that this is merely a sampling of the funding resources available in the STEM disciplines. Please contact Nancy Myers Sims at 278-0836 or for assistance in preparing your application if you are interested in submitting a grant proposal in the sciences or mathematics. Please contact Dan Griffin at 278-0839 or if you are interested in submitting a grant proposal in engineering. If you contact Nancy or Dan early in the process, they can also help to determine whether Fresno State meets the eligibility thresholds set by the program before you expend time and effort drafting the grant application materials.

Best Practice Tip:  The more that you can bring your expertise and professional networks to bear when searching for grant opportunities, the more successful the search will be. So, please be aware of and consult the varied resources in your field, such as your professional organization’s website and listserv, published research papers (which must reference any funding sources), and colleagues in your field.



Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) (a.k.a. Fulbright)
The Fulbright Program periodically develops new initiatives in STEM areas. In 2010, the prime new STEM award is the Nexus Award designed to link early or mid-career academics, applied researchers, and public policy professional across the Western Hemisphere in the three areas of Science, Technology, and Innovation; Entrepreneurship; Sustainable Energy.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. DARPA maintains a list of open and closed solicitations:
Also, DARPA usually has an annual STEM Education grant:

Department of Defense (DOD): The Department of Defense is a cabinet-level agency, so visiting will bring you to the home page from which you will have to drill down extensively. An easier way to ascertain open funding opportunities for DOD is to go to (, select “Find Grant Opportunities,” and then “Browse by Agency.”

Department of Energy (DOE): The many programs that DOE offers for Research and Development Support are described here: The easiest way to locate open DOE funding opportunities is to go to (, select “Find Grant Opportunities,” and then “Browse by Agency.”
Provides search mechanism by key words, categories, or agency.  You can also sign up to receive specific funding announcements as they post to or to receive an RSS feed of opportunities sorted by agency.

NationalAeronautics and Space Administration:NASA higher education programs are listed here: Research opportunities are listed here:

North Atlantic Treaty Organization. NATO offers both fellowships and sponsorships

National Institutes of Health (NIH):
Offers substantial lists of active RFAs (Requests for Application) and PAs (Program Announcements) or the ability to search by keyword. 

National Institutes of Standards and Technology: NIST’s “Funding Opportunities” page provides a list of current grant programs and priorities:

National Science Foundation (NSF)
Provides a listing of research grant funding available by discipline as well as science and math education programs. You can search by key words or click on links organized alphabetically or by upcoming due dates.
Note: Some NSF applications are developed not by reference to an RFP but to the Grant Proposal Guide.

Office of Naval Research (ONR):
ONR offers various solicitations and announcements for research initiatives.

US Department of Education (ED):
Here you will find a List of Currently Open Grant Competitions which may include STEM education grants.
Additional links:
Educational Technology:
STEM Education:
Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning:

US Department of Energy: Office of Science:
Offers a list of open annual funding opportunities.


Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Organization: HFSP supports novel, innovative, and interdisciplinary basic research in the life sciences, with emphasis on bringing biologists together with scientists from fields such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, and computer science:
McDonnell [James S.] Foundation: JSMF’s 21st Century Science Initiative supports three areas: Studying Complex Systems; Brain Cancer Research; and Understanding Human Cognition.

National Research Council:
Offers annual competitive awards for independent research in U.S. government laboratories and affiliated institutions in all STEM areas.

PEW Charitable Trusts: PEW offers a Science and Technology Initiative among its Program Priorities:

Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA):
RCSA supports early career faculty; transformative research; integration of research and undergraduate science education; interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to research, and building academic cultures that embrace all of the above.

RGK Foundation: RGK supports works in Education and in Medicine/Health:
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: RWJ offers a variety of grants to support health and health care:

Rockefeller Brothers Fund: RBF offers funds worldwide to protect ecosystems, improve biodiversity, and similar work:
Sloan [Alfred P.]Foundation: The Sloan Foundation supports Basic Research; Science Education; and Public Understand of Science efforts, through a variety of funding mechanisms: Research Fellowships/Grants for Professional Science Master's Degrees/Science and Engineering Work Force:

Toshiba America Foundation: Supports K-12 match and science education programs:

Waitt Family Foundation: Supports a variety of scientific and environmental programs:

Whitehall Foundation: Supports life sciences through two funding mechanisms: Research grants to established scientists of all ages and Grants-in-Aid for researchers at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established:


Fundsnet Services Online:
From Fundsnet’s homepage, you can select categories such as on “Environment and Conservation,” “Regional Grants” (and then “California Grants”), or “Animal and Wildlife.”

GrantsNet is a clearinghouse for funds for research and training opportunities in the sciences.