National Science Foundation (NSF)
The National Science Foundation (NSF), an independent agency of the U.S. government, funds research and education in science and engineering. It does this through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, and other research and/or education institutions in all parts of the United States. The Foundation accounts for about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.
Each year, NSF receives approximately 30,000 new or renewal support proposals for research, graduate and postdoctoral fellowships, and math/science/engineering education projects; it makes approximately 9,000 new awards. These typically go to universities, colleges, academic consortia, nonprofit institutions, and small businesses. The Foundation frequently supports cooperative research between universities and industry and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.
The functions of the NSF are carried out through FastLane; an interactive online program used to conduct official National Science Foundation business. The program consists of a variety of information modules regarding electronic proposal submission. For more information about FastLane, click here.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) serves as a steward of medical and behavioral research for the Nation. Its mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.
A large portion of NIH's budget supports individual research projects conceived of and conducted by scientists based at universities, medical, dental, nursing, and pharmacy schools, schools of public health, non-profit research foundations, and private research laboratories.
For NIH application information and forms, click here.
United States Department of Education (ED)
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) will provide approximately $2 billion in grant funding this year to help strengthen teaching and learning in colleges, universities, and other post secondary institutions. To support improvements in teaching and learning and to help meet special needs of schools and students in elementary and secondary education, the ED is delivering about $28 billion to states and school districts, primarily through formula-based grant programs.
For information regarding funding opportunities and applications, click here.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was created by Congress and established in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. Since then, it has awarded more than 120,000 grants to arts organizations and artists in all 50 states and the six U.S. jurisdictions. The NEA is the largest single funder of the nonprofit arts sector in the United States and this public investment in the Nation's cultural life has resulted in both new and classic works of art reaching every corner of America.
To apply for an NEA grant or to see the NEA guidelines and application Forms, click here.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is the largest funder of humanities programs in the United States, providing grants for high-quality humanities projects in four funding areas: (1) preserving and providing access to cultural resources, (2) education, (3) research, (4) public programs.
NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars.
To apply for an NEH grant or to see the NEH guidelines and application Forms, click here.
*Important note: Application for funds from these sponsors must be done through Grants.gov