Research-Current Funding Opportunities

This list is updated weekly with funding opportunities that are relevant to the Human Ecology community.

Only active funding opportunities are listed.

Click this link for all funding opportunities posted within the past 12 months, both active and inactive.

Sponsor /
Description Link Due Date
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH is issuing this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) for research that will provide an evidence base to understand how mental illness contributes to COVID-19 risk and mortality, how incident mental illness develops with COVID-19, and the development of scalable interventions to meet the public mental health needs during and resulting from the pandemic both specifically related to the virus but also at a broader population level that is impacted by stress, disruptions, and loss of lives in the pandemic

Refer to the NOSI link for specific funding opportunity announcements and priorities.

NOT-MH-22-100 Various
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Understanding and Addressing Misinformation among Populations that Experience Health Disparities (R01-Clinical Trial Optional) will support research that seeks to (1) understand the underlying mechanisms and (2) test interventions to address and mitigate the impact of health-related misinformation and disinformation on health disparities and the populations that experience health disparities. Award maximum is $500K Direct Costs for projects up to 5 years.

RFA-MD-22-008 11/13/22
Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) RRF is accepting applications for its grantmaking program in support of projects that directly impact the adult population aged 65 and older. Priority areas include caregiving, housing, economic security in later life, and social and intergenerational connectedness. Typical awards range from $50K-$200K. RRF Grants



US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) - Education and Workforce Development (EWD) focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and Extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. In 2022, the program includes support for: non-formal education that cultivates food and agricultural interest in youth; workforce training at community, junior, and technical colleges; training of undergraduate students in research and extension; fellowships for predoctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars; and special workforce development topics. Application deadlines vary by program area.

USDA-NIFA AFRI Education & Workforce Development varies
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. We are interested in ideas that address any of these four areas of focus: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; Future of Work. Additionally, we welcome ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas, but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and our progress toward a Culture of Health. Awards levels vary but are typically ~$350K. RWJF: Building a Culture of Health Rolling
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Dissemination and Implementation Research to Advance Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Preventive Interventions in School Settings. The purpose of this NOSI is to stimulate dissemination and implementation research to support innovative approaches to identifying, understanding, and developing strategies for overcoming barriers to the adoption, adaptation, integration, scale-up and sustainability of evidence-based preventive interventions to support children’s mental, emotional, and behavioral (MEB) health in school settings.

Refer to the NOSI link for specific funding opportunity announcements and priorities.

NOT-AT-22-004 Various-See FOA
National Institutes of Health (NIH) The NIH R01 opportunity Risk and Protective Factors of Family Health and Family Level Interventions seeks to advance the science of minority health and health disparities by supporting research on family health and well-being and resilience. NIH standard due dates apply.
PAR-21-358 10/5/22
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action (E4A) funds projects that develop and disseminate evidence about what works to advance racial equity and improve health and well-being in the U.S. This funding is geared toward studies of "upstream" causes of health inequities such as the systems, structures, laws, policies, norms, and practices that determine the distribution of
resources and opportunities, which in turn influence individuals’ options and behaviors.
Award levels vary for projects up to 3 years in duration.
Evidence for Action (E4A) Rolling
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Mental Health Research Dissertation Grants (R36) enhance the diversity of the mental health research workforce by providing dissertation awards in all research areas within the strategic priorities of the NIMH to individuals from groups underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research.
Awards are 12-24 months and cover NRSA predoctoral stipend plus $15,000 for additional expenses.
PAR-22-172 8/10/22
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices participating in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 in Vulnerable and Health Disparity Populations initiative are issuing this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to highlight interest in research to strengthen the understanding and response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and help us prepare more effectively for future public health emergencies.

Refer to the NOSI link for specific funding opportunity announcements and priorities.

NOT-MH-21-330: NOSI Various
USDA NIFA - Hatch Grant Program USDA Hatch funding is available to faculty members with tenure homes in CALS or SOHE. Research must align with program priorities, including Food Accessibility, Safety and Nutrition; Urban and Rural Community Vitality; Positive Youth Development; Human Development and Relationships. Funding typically supports 1-2 graduate RAs and a small supplies and/or field travel budget. Hatch Call for Proposals 9/12/22
National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, Developmental Science (DS) supports basic research that increases our understanding of cognitive, linguistic, social, cultural, and biological processes related to human development across the lifespan. PD 08-1698 1/15/23
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research on Biopsychosocial Factors of Social Connectedness and Isolation on Health, Wellbeing, Illness, and Recovery (R01) will support research projects that seek to model the underlying mechanisms, processes, and trajectories of social relationships and how these factors affect outcomes in health, illness, recovery, and overall wellbeing. PAR-21-350 (Clin Trial Not Allowed)
PAR-21-349 (Basic Experimental Studies in Humans)
PAR-21-352 (Clin Trial Required)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIDA, NIMH, and NINDS Research Opportunities for New and "At-Risk" Investigators to Promote Workforce Diversity (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) is intended to support New Investigators and At-Risk Investigators from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the health-related sciences. Investigators from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups.

PAR-22-181 9/8/22
William T. Grant Foundation

The Institutional Challenge Grant award supports research institutions to build sustained research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations in order to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. Awards are $650,000 for up to three years.

Wm T Grant Challenge Grant 9/14/22
Russell Sage Foundation

RSF will accept letters of inquiry (LOIs) under these core programs and special initiatives: Behavioral Science and Decision Making in Context; Future of Work; Immigration and Immigrant Integration ; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality

RSF Research Grants 7/27/22
National Science Foundation

Human Environment and Geographical Sciences (HEGS) program supports research on the nature, causes, and consequences of the spatial dimensions of human activities and/or environmental processes across a range of scales. 

NSF 21-623 (HEGS) 8/16/22
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The goal of this program is to build the evidence base investigating how national, state, local, or private-sector policies and practices can reduce growing levels of racial inequality in wealth, and significantly improve the financial wellbeing and economic security of families and communities that have been systematically subject to disinvestment, and therefore are unable to enjoy a fair and just opportunity to be healthy.

Policies for Action (P4A)-Economic Security 9/7/22
Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR)

This ICTR Funding opportunity must be led by co-PIs – one each from Marshfield and UW. Relevant research areas can be found in the RFA. Projects that address contemporary and (or) emerging health crises, especially those that will directly impact rural populations or other communities with significant health disparities, are encouraged. Award levels are $50K for 12 months or $100K for 18 months.

RFA:Marshfield Clinic/UW Collaborative Research Pilot Program 9/16/22
Spencer Foundation

The Small Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to five years.

Spencer Foundation Small Grants 8/9/22
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Internal Competition
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend provides support for faculty seeking summer salary for humanities and related social science research. UW can nominate up to two faculty to the national NEH summer stipend competition. The nominees are chosen by a subcommittee of the Research Committee. Anyone advanced to the national competition automatically receives 2/9ths summer salary support from the OVCRGE irrespective of whether or not they are successful in the national competition. Awards are $6,000 for two summer months of full-time work on a humanities project. Applications for the internal competition are due to OVCRGE September 7, 2022.

NEH Summer Stipend 9/7/22
Russell Sage Foundation

The Pipeline Grants Competition for early- and mid-career researchers is a collaboration between RSF and the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program seeks to promote diversity in the social sciences defined broadly, including racial and ethnic diversity, gender diversity, disciplinary diversity, institutional diversity, and geographic diversity. Only researchers who have not previously received a trustee or presidential research grant or fellowship from RSF will be eligible to apply.

RSF Pipeline Grants 11/2/22
Russell Sage Foundation

RSF's dissertation research grants (DRG) program support innovative and high-quality dissertation research projects that address questions relevant to RSF’s priority areas: Behavioral Science and Decision Making in ContextFuture of Work; Race, Ethnicity and Immigration; Immigration and Immigrant Integration; and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality.

RSF Dissertation Research Grants 2/1/23

Additional Resources

SoHE Internal Funding Opportunities, including

Arts Research Funding Opportunities - A database of research funding opportunities maintained by UW Division of the Arts

UW-Madison Internal Funding Opportunities

UW Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE)

UW Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP)

Private Organizations that Fund Academic Research

UW Libraries Grant Information Collection (GIC)

Resources for Preparing a Proposal

Graduate Student Resources: