The Office of Campus Research Development (OCRD) can help with proposal development and grant writing (and their services are free for Duke faculty, staff, postdocs, and students)! Visit their new site to learn more. Duke University faculty, postdocs, and students also have access to a number of unique opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory; learn more about those research and funding opportunities here.

Internal Opportunities

(Open to Duke researchers only)

Summer Course Development Grants – These grants support the development or redesign of summer session courses. Each grant includes a funding package for one Ph.D. student to work as an RA developing course materials in partnership with a faculty member. The faculty member overseeing the RAship will receive $3,000 in research funding; applications with more than one faculty member will receive up to $5,000 in shared research funding. Apply by December 10, 2021.

Planning Grants Available to Support Collaborative Proposals for External Funding – The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) is pleased to announce a planning-grant program to support planning and development of competitive, large-scale collaborative proposals for significant external funding. Planning grant proposals are accepted on a rolling basis via email to and are reviewed by the Vice Provost for Research and school leaders.

Federal Funding Opportunities

NSF Cyber-Physical Systems – NSF anticipates awarding 20 to 30 small, medium, or frontier projects focused on innovations in cyber-physical systems (total funding amount of $32,400,000). Frontier proposals may be submitted between December 1 and December 15, 2021. Small and medium proposals may be submitted any time before December 31, 2021.

DOE Harnessing Emissions into Structures Taking Inputs from the Atmosphere Program (HESTIA) – The goal of the HESTIA program is to support the development of technologies that nullify embodied greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously transforming buildings into net carbon storage structures. Submit concept papers by December 20, 2021.

DOE Earth and Environmental System Modeling Program (EESM) – A new FOA solicits research applications for two program components. The Earth System Model Development (ESMD) component focuses primarily on the development of DOE’s Earth system model including its subcomponents, while the Regional and Global Modeling Analysis (RGMA) component focuses primarily on the analysis of Earth’s climate and environmental systems. Submit the mandatory pre-application by January 5, 2022.

DoD Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) – DoD plans and executes SERDP in partnership with the DOE and the EPA as well as with the participation of numerous other Federal and non-Federal organizations. The Program invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced development. Apply by January 6, 2022.

NEW! DOE Computational Chemical Sciences Program (CCS) – CCS will support basic research to develop validated, open-source codes for modeling and simulation of complex chemical processes and phenomena that will provide fundamental understanding and predictive control of these processes and phenomena through the full use of emerging and planned exascale computing capabilities. A required pre-application is due by January 7, 2022. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact as early as possible.

USDA Forest Service Wood Innovations Grants Program – Up to $8 million in funding is available to support projects that will substantially expand and accelerate wood products and wood energy markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands. Apply by January 19, 2022.

USDA Forest Service Community Wood Grant Program – Launched in 2020, this program provides funding for grants to install thermally led community wood energy systems or to build innovative wood product manufacturing facilities. The program places extra emphasis on assisting sawmills in economically challenged areas to retool or add advanced technology. Apply by January 19, 2022.

State Department Partnership for Nuclear Threat Reeducation (PNTR) – Priorities for PNTR FY22 funding in the nuclear security culture line of effort include South Africa, Saudi Arabia, India, and other South Asian states who leverage PNTR capacity to advance shared nuclear security and insider threat mitigation priorities. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact ASAP. Apply by January 29, 2022.

USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) – This program aids small businesses and agricultural producers in eligible rural areas by providing support for energy audits, renewable energy technical assistance, as well as renewable energy site assessments. Apply by January 31, 2022.

DOE Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize – This prize aims to create an inclusive and just innovation ecosystem in climate and energy technologies. Funds will support underrepresented groups and organizations as well as boost first-time applicants, people, and organizations from underrepresented communities, underserved and frontline communities, and individuals from other nontraditional backgrounds. Up to ten organizations will share a total prize pool of up to $2.5 million. Apply by February 25, 2022.

NSF Organismal Response to Climate Change Program (ORCC) – This solicitation calls for proposals that integrate the study of genomic, physiological, structural, developmental, neural, or behavioral mechanisms of organismal response to climate change with eco-evolutionary approaches to better manage the effects of a rapidly changing climate on earth’s living systems. Apply by March 1, 2022.

NSF Biodiversity on a Changing Planet Program (BoCP) – Research supported by this program will improve modeling and forecasting of the consequences of functional change in biodiversity in response to environmental change. Successful BoCP proposals will test hypotheses about functional biodiversity on a changing planet by integrating cellular, organismal, ecological, evolutionary, geological, and/or paleontological perspectives. Apply by March 25, 2022.

NAS Gulf Research Program: Early Career Research Fellowships – These fellowships support emerging scientific leaders as they take risks on research ideas not yet tested, pursue unique collaborations, and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in improving offshore energy system safety and the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems. Applications for the Environmental Protection and Stewardship Track and the Offshore Energy Safety Track will open in early spring 2021, deadline TBD.

NSF Critical Aspects of Sustainability Program (CAS) – CAS supports basic research through core disciplinary programs aimed at improving the sustainability of resources for future generations while maintaining or improving current products in order to offer technologically-advanced, economically competitive, environmentally-benign and useful materials to a global society. Programs have different deadlines; consult the website for specific due dates.

NSF ADVANCE Program Grants – These grants support the implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote gender, racial, and ethnic equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces. The solicitation includes four funding tracks: Institutional Transformation, Adaptation, Partnership, and Catalyst. Deadlines vary. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact as soon as possible.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory – Applications for Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE), High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) Rapid Access, and CNMS Rapid Access User Proposal are accepted year-round with selections made on a rolling basis.

National Science Foundation (Multiple Opportunities) – NSF announces multiple energy-related grants focused on Particulate and Multiphase ProcessesFluid DynamicsCombustion and Fire SystemsProcess Systems, Reaction Engineering and Molecular ThermodynamicsElectrochemical Systems; and Catalysis. NSF will accept proposals for these funds at any time throughout the year.

Non-Federal Funding Opportunities

HURRY! Link Foundation Energy Fellowship Program – The Link Foundation invites applications for two-year fellowships for students working toward a Ph.D. degree in areas concerning the societal production and utilization of energy. The award consists of a two-year fellowship of $29,500 per year for two years to be used for the Fellow’s academic year and summer stipend. Apply by December 1, 2021.

PADI Foundation Aquatic Environments Research & Education Grants – A California-based non-profit, PADI will fund and assist worthwhile projects that improve understanding of, and response to, hazards to humans and ecosystems elated to climate change in coastal and ocean environments. Apply by January 15, 2022.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Seed Grants – The Burroughs Wellcome Fund aims to stimulate the growth of new connections between scholars who might together change the course of climate change’s impact on human health. Over the next two years, the Fund will dedicate $1 million to supporting small, early-stage grants of $2,500-$50,000 toward achieving this goal. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis through August 30, 2023.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Energy & Environment Grant – The program’s goal is to advance understanding about the economic, environmental, security, and policy trade-offs associated with the increased deployment of low- and no-carbon resources and technologies across the energy system and the resulting impacts on the quality of American life. Grants in this program are awarded on a rolling basis and focus on investigating under-explored research questions related to energy sources (supply), transmission and distribution, energy use (demand), new energy technologies, the economics of energy transmission and distribution, big data, energy efficiency, and transportation.

Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities

NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (C&GC) – The overarching purpose of C&CG is to help create and train the next generation of leading researchers needed for climate studies. Applicants are expected to have had a Ph.D. for no more than three years from the application deadline. Advanced contact with a host is required. Apply by January 7, 2022.

DOE Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research Program – Participants acquire experience and training in areas of fusion energy science, interact with outstanding scientists and engineers, and have access to advanced equipment and facilities. Appointments are made to designated DOE laboratories, universities, and contractor fusion energy centers. Apply by January 11, 2022.

Smithsonian Marine Station Short-Term Fellowship Program – These fellowships enable the selected candidates to work for one to six months in the marine sciences and utilize resources of the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, Florida. Apply by May 1, 2022.

Doctoral Funding Opportunities


HURRY! DOE Innovation in Buildings Graduate Research Fellowship (IBUILD) – IBUILD Fellows will receive research and educational support to conduct innovative research at their home institution in an area with demonstrated relevance to building energy efficiency. Apply by December 1, 2021.

National Bureau of Economic Research Fellowship Program – Fellowships are available for graduate students working on dissertations on the economics of aging, energy economics, health economics, and on topics related to behavioral macroeconomics, disability, and retirement security. Apply by December 9, 2021.

DOE Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship – This program provides excellent financial benefits and professional development opportunities to students pursuing a Ph.D. in fields of study that solve complex science and engineering problems critical to stewardship science. Apply by January 5, 2022.

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