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Grant Information

Funding Search Engines:

collaborate.umn.edu
This site provides a starting point for developing a grant proposal. The search function allows users to research grants that have already been funded or use already funded activities to aid in research design or strategy.

University of Minnesota, Office of the Vice President for Research
SPA is the University of Minnesota system-wide office authorized to submit research proposals and receive awards from external sources on behalf of the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota. SPA is also the fiduciary for the U on grant-related matters. This website provides information and links to research tools, research forms and rates, research policies and procedures, sponsor-required information, electronic tools, research compliance, and research funding.

University of Minnesota, Women’s Center
The Women’s Center offers annual scholarships, grants, and awards for University of Minnesota women.

Michigan State University Libraries, Postdoc Fellowships and Professional Opportunities
This is a regularly updated resource for websites, databases, and books related to a variety of postdoctoral fellowships and professional funding opportunities. Subject-specific links are also available.

Flexible Funding Initiatives

Balancing the Scale: NSF’s Career-Life Balance Initiative
NSF policies and procedures support the ability of project personnel to address personal issues such as dependent care. For example, Foundation-wide policies permit the extension of NSF awards for researchers who take a leave of absence for dependent care responsibilities, as well as the use of NSF award funds to replace project personnel during a leave of absence.

NIH Family-Friendly Initiatives
NIH supports researchers taking time off to care for a family member or in the event of a personal disability. NIH grant awards allow for reimbursement of actual, allowable costs incurred for child care, parental leave, or additional technical support provided such costs are incurred under formally-established institutional policies that are consistently applied regardless of the source of support.

Funding Opportunities for Women:

Advancing Novel Science in Women s Health Research (ANSWHR)
The National Institute of Health and Office of Research on Women’s Health established this grant opportunity to promote innovative, interdisciplinary research that will advance new concepts in women s health research and the study of sex/gender differences.
Grant Amount: Up to $100,000 over 2 years.

Advancing Novel Science in Women’s Health Research (ANSWHR)
The National Institute of Health and Office of Research on Women’s Health established this grant opportunity to promote innovative, interdisciplinary research that will advance new concepts in women s health research and the study of sex/gender differences.
Grant Amount: Up to $275,000 over 2 years.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Branch and State Local Scholarship Clearinghouse Pilot Program
The purpose of this program is to create a centralized, standardized, online undergraduate scholarship application posting and processing initiative that supports AAUW’s local scholarship programs across the U.S.
Grant Amount: Varies

Arcus Foundation
The goal of the Arcus LGBT Program is to advance social justice inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity and race.
Grant Amount: Varies

The Astraea National Lesbian Action Foundation
This foundation works for social, racial and economic justice in the U.S. and internationally. Several grant and scholarship funds are available to support women's and progressive organizations that have lesbians and trans people in leadership roles and include lesbian and trans issues as an integral part of their work.
Grant Amount: Varies

Community Action Grants
Community Action grants provide funds to individuals, American Association of University Women (AAUW) branches and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls.
Grant Amount: $2,000 – $10,000

Drug Abuse Dissertation Research: Epidemiology, Prevention, Treatment, Services, and Women and Sex/Gender Differences
Grant will support drug abuse doctoral dissertation research in epidemiology, prevention, treatment, services, and women and sex/gender differences.
Grant Amount: Up to $50,000

Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting Scholarships
The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting funds issues papers by faculty, individuals, or businesses to research technical accounting issues or issues facing women in the accounting profession. The Foundation also provides research grants for women faculty members to contribute to the field of accounting and to assist faculty in their careers.
Grant Amount: Up to $3,000

Extramural Associates Research Development Award (EARDA)
This grant is designed to facilitate the development of the research administration infrastructure and build capacity in research administration in domestic women’s colleges and public or private four-year or two-year institutions with a traditionally significant to high ethnic minority student enrollment.
Grant Amount: Up to $70,000 towards direct costs annually.

Fragile X Pre-mutation and Ovarian Function
Grant supports applications from institutions/organizations that propose basic, clinical or translational research on the effects of the Fragile X pre-mutation on ovarian function, with a focus on premature ovarian failure or early menopause, in women and/or animal models.
Grant Amount: Varies

Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Award
An annual initiative designed to reward the enterprising spirits of girls ages 12 to 18. Guardian awards prizes to 15 girls who demonstrate budding entrepreneurship; are taking the first steps toward financial independence; and make a difference in their school and communities.
Grant Amount: Up to $30,000

Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Anita Borg devoted her adult life to revolutionizing the way we think about technology and dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields. This scholarship supports female undergraduate and graduate students in technology.
Grant Amount: $10,000

HORIZONS Scholarship For Women
The scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to further educational objectives of women who are U.S. citizens either employed or planning careers in defense or national security areas.
Grant Amount: Varies

International Federation of University Women's Fellowships and Grants (IFUW)
IFUW offers a limited number of international fellowships and grants to women graduates for postgraduate research, study and training. The awards may be used in any country other than the one in which the applicant was educated or habitually resides.
Grant Amount: Varies

Jeannette Rankin Foundation For Low Income Women
A non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for, and awarding grants to, low income women, ages 35 and older. Each grant recipient has a vision of how a college education will benefit herself, her family, and her community. Most recipients are in truly meager financial circumstances and may have other hardships or disabilities.
Grant Amount: $2,000

M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship
Scholarship enables early-career women to return to physics research careers after having had to interrupt those careers for family reasons.
Grant Amount: Up to $45,000

Medications Development for the Treatment of Pregnant/Postpartum Women with Substance Related Disorders and/or In Utero Substance Exposed Neonates
This grant is intended to foster the development of novel pharmacological strategies for the treatment of pregnant/postpartum women with Substance Related Disorders (SRDs) and/or in utero substance exposed neonates.
Grant Amount: Varies

The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Scholarship Program
Women are the overwhelming majority of professionals in the meeting industry, yet the overwhelming minority in leadership positions in their corporation/organizations. The “Women’s Leadership Initiative” has worked to change this gender-related leadership statistic. Categories of scholarship funding include: College education funding, General leadership education or academic funding, MPI Programs- for leadership, career and education or academic funding specifically provided by MPI.
Scholarship Amounts: Not listed.

Mott Foundation
The Mott Foundation supports organizations with programs such as: providing equitable access and diversity within civil society, participation in environmental efforts, and sustaining pathways out of poverty.
Grant Amount: Varies

National Physical Science Consortium Fellowships For Women
NPSC offers a unique graduate fellowship in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. It is open to all U. S. Citizens, but with emphasis on recruitment of applications from historically underrepresented minorities and women. Persons who already possess a doctoral degree in any field are ineligible.
Grant Amount: Varies

National Science Foundation: ADVANCE Grant
The goal of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) ADVANCE program is to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. ADVANCE encourages institutions of higher education and the broader science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) community, including professional societies and other STEM-related not-for-profit organizations, to address various aspects of STEM academic culture and institutional structure that may differentially affect women faculty and academic administrators.
Grant Amount: Varies
Current NSF Advance Grant Awardees

National Science Foundation: Research on Gender in Science and Engineering
The Research on Gender in Science and Engineering program supports efforts to understand and address gender-based differences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce participation through research, the diffusion of research-based innovations, and extension services in education that will lead to a larger and more diverse domestic science and engineering workforce. Typical projects will contribute to the knowledge base addressing gender-related differences in learning and in the educational experiences that affect student interest, performance, and choice of careers; how pedagogical approaches and teaching styles, curriculum, student services, and institutional culture contribute to causing or closing gender gaps that persist in certain fields. Projects will communicate and apply findings, evaluation results, and proven good practices and products to a wider community.
Grant Amount: Varies
Current Awardee Information

New Israel Fund (NIF)
The Ford Israel Fund is a grant making partnership between the Ford Foundation and the NIF to promote peace and social justice in Israel. It focuses its grant making within three areas: promoting civil rights and human rights in Israel, promoting equity and equal opportunities for the Palestinian minority within Israel, and promoting a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Grant Amount: Varies

Open Society Institute Grants: Reducing Discrimination and Violence Against Women
The International Women’s Program supports initiatives that seek to: strengthen legal frameworks and enforcement mechanisms that focus on women’s rights, build civil society’s capacity to hold governments accountable to implement laws that promote and protect women’s rights, and increase women’s capacity to understand and assert their rights.
Grant Range (awarded to programs benefiting women): One to three year grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 per year.

Open Society Institute Grants: Strengthening Women's Access to Justice
The International Women’s Program supports initiatives that provide women with legal aid, counsel, and other related services that are otherwise not provided equitably in society; skills development and training on gender justice for judges, lawyers, and prosecutors; and support to transitional justice mechanisms so that they are equitable and inclusive of women.
Grant Range (awarded to programs benefiting women): One to three year grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 per year.

Open Society Institute Grants: Increasing Women's Participation as Decision Makers and Leaders
The International Women’s Program supports initiatives that encourage and increase women’s roles as decision makers in a number of areas, including: peace and reconciliation efforts, electoral and legislative process, and disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, security sector reform, and reconstruction programs.
Grant Range (awarded to programs benefiting women): One to three year grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 per year.

Open Meadows Foundation
This foundation is a grant-making organization for projects that are led by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities. Small and start-up organizations are strongly encouraged to apply.
Grant Amount: Up to $2,000

R.O.S.E. (Regaining One’s Self-Esteem) Fund
R.O.S.E. Scholarships advance the transformation from victim to survivor by funding a woman’s career training and professional development.
Grant Amount: $2,000 per semester

Sara Lee Foundation: Women’s Self-Sufficiency
The Sara Lee Foundation supports nonprofit programs that provide exemplary programs that assist women to earn a living wage.
Grant Amount: Varies

Selected Professions Fellowships
Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions in the areas of: architecture, computer/information sciences, engineering, and mathematics/statistics. Fellowships are restricted to women of color in the areas of business administration, law, and medicine.
Grant Amount: $5,000 – $18,000

The Sister Fund
The Sister Fund supports organizations whose work is led by women and focused on women and/or girls and is linked with a faith-based organization and/or initiative.
Grant Amount: $5,000-$30,000

Third Wave Foundation Grants For Women: Reproductive Health and Justice Initiative
The Initiative is grounded in the view that reproductive rights are a fundamental human right, and that these rights cannot be fully expressed or enjoyed unless people have access to the means to fulfill them. Nonprofit organizations are supported for a range of issues such as direct services, public education, alternative healing methods, campaigning for better policies, etc.
Grant Amount: Varies

Translational Research in Pediatric and Obstetric Pharmacology
This grant encourages research grant applications to conduct studies to improve existing drug safety and efficacy, and to develop new drugs for pediatric and obstetric populations.
Grant Amount: Varies

Translational Research in Pediatric and Obstetric Pharmacology
This grant encourages research grant applications to conduct studies to improve existing drug safety and efficacy, and to develop new drugs for pediatric and obstetric populations.
Grant Amount: Up to $100,000 over 2 years.

Translational Research in Pediatric and Obstetric Pharmacology
This grant encourages research grant applications to conduct studies to improve existing drug safety and efficacy, and to develop new drugs for pediatric and obstetric populations.
Grant Amount: Up to $275,000 over 2 years.

Verizon Foundation
This Foundation concentrates its funding on nonprofit organizations working in the areas of literacy, educational development, domestic violence, and health and safety.
Grant Amount: Varies

Whirlpool Foundation
Quality family life, cultural diversity and lifelong learning are the focus areas for the Whirlpool Foundation's grantmaking. Nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communities where Whirlpool operates are eligible.
Grant Amount: Not Listed

WHO (Women Helping Others) Foundation: General Grants
Specific projects and programs addressing health and social service needs are given priority. Grants are provided to organizations serving women and/or children in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Grant Amount: Varies

WHO (Women Helping Others) Foundation: Education/Literacy Grants
Specific projects and programs addressing educational needs are given priority. Grants are provided to organizations serving women and/or children in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Grant Amount: Varies

Women and Sex/Gender Differences in Drug and Alcohol Abuse/Dependence
The purpose of this grant is to promote research on women and sex/gender differences in drug/alcohol abuse and dependence.
Grant Amount: Varies

Women and Sex/Gender Differences in Drug and Alcohol Abuse/Dependence
The purpose of this grant is to promote research on women and sex/gender differences in drug/alcohol abuse and dependence.
Grant Amount: Up to $100,000 over 2 years.

Women and Sex/Gender Differences in Drug and Alcohol Abuse/Dependence
The purpose of this grant is to promote research on women and sex/gender differences in drug/alcohol abuse and dependence.
Grant Amount: Up to $275,000 over 2 years.

Women's Funding Network
This fund transforms the traditional relationship between funds, donors, grassroots organizations, and the women and girls served by bringing all parties together.
Grant Amount: Varies

Women's Mental Health and Sex/Gender Differences Research
Grant will support institutions/organizations that propose to study women’s mental health and sex/gender differences in mental health.
Grant Amount: Varies

Women's Mental Health and Sex/Gender Differences Research
Grant will support institutions/organizations that propose to study women’s mental health and sex/gender differences in mental health.
Grant Amount: Up to 275,000 over 2 years.

Women's Mental Health in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period
As illustrated by a few highly publicized cases, the consequences of severe untreated postpartum depression and psychosis can be devastating for individuals, families, and communities. This grant encourages research on women's mental health in relation to pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Grant Amount: Varies

Women's Mental Health in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period
As illustrated by a few highly publicized cases, the consequences of severe untreated postpartum depression and psychosis can be devastating for individuals, families, and communities. This grant encourages research on women's mental health in relation to pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Grant Amount: Up to $275,000 over 2 years.

Women's PeacePower Foundation, Inc.
Peacepower makes awards to grassroots projects that are working to impact issues of violence against women and their children.
Grant Amount: Not Listed

Women's Research and Education Institute Fellowship
WREI awards annual fellowships to a select number of graduate students with a proven commitment to equity for women. WREI Fellows gain practical policymaking experience and graduate credit as they work from January to August as Congressional legislative aides in Washington, D.C.
Grant Amount: Stipend for Tuition and Living Expenses

Zonta International: Amelia Earhart Fellowship Program
Women of any nationality pursuing a PhD/doctoral degree who demonstrate a superior academic record in the field of aerospace-related scineces and aerospace-related engineering are eligible.
Grant Amount: $10,000

Zonta International: Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships
Women of any nationality pursuing undergraduate business degrees who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field are eligible.
Grant Amount: $5,000

Zonta International: Young Women in Public Affairs Awards (YWPA)
The YWPA award recognizes young women for their commitment to the volunteer sector, volunteer leadership achievements and dedication to the advancement of the status of women. The goal of the YWPA Program is to encourage more young women to participate in public and political life.
Grant Amount: $1,000 & $3,000 Awards