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)

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

State Dept. Women Overcoming the World’s Climate Crisis with STEM Program – The Department Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues announces an open competition for projects that build networks, civil society coalitions, or both to strengthen women’s leadership in climate adaptation, mitigation, and resilience efforts focusing on the use of STEM-based solutions. Demonstrated in-country experience in developing partnerships with relevant stakeholders, including grassroots organizations and the public and/or private sector, is strongly preferred. Apply by May 24, 2022.

DOE Renewables Advancing Community Energy Resilience Program (RACER) – This funding opportunity focuses on the development and application of solar technologies to improve the resilience of electric power systems and the communities they support. Supported projects will focus on community energy resilience. The term community energy resilience may apply to different critical services such as water, energy, communications, transportation, and other types of infrastructure. Submit a required concept paper by May 26, 2022.

Department of State U.S. Mission in Morocco Public Diplomacy Grant Program – The Program’s including promoting positive relations between Morocco and the United States through projects that focus on climate crisis, energy security and a healthy planet, among several other topics. Awards range from $5,000 to $25,000. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 31, 2022.

DOA Scientific Cooperation Research Program (SCRP) – This program supports joint research, extension, and education projects – lasting up to two years – between U.S. researchers and researchers from selected emerging market economies. The projects address issues including but not limited to agricultural trade and market access, animal and plant health, biotechnology, food safety and security, and sustainable natural resource management. Ideally, they should also aim to develop practical applied climate-smart outcomes for agricultural communities. Apply by June 6, 2022.

HOT! DOE Shine On Awards for Inclusive Solar Outreach – These awards recognize communications and marketing campaigns that demonstrate excellence in strategic, effective, inclusive, and meaningful communication to diverse audiences. Participants will submit materials that set and achieve ambitious goals to increase solar energy adoption or solar workforce recruitment and retention. Materials must fit within five award categories. The deadline for submission is June 10, 2002.

NEW! NSF Spectrum Innovation Initiative: National Radio Dynamic Zones (SII-NRDZ) – This program includes two types of projects. SII-NRDZ research studies are traditional NSF grants for investigation of spectrum sharing solutions and risk analysis techniques, or for investigation of applications and sites for radio dynamic zone field trials. SII-NRDZ Engineering and Execution Lead awards are cooperative agreements for work to mature results of the research studies into robust implementations and to lead the planned extended field trials. The full proposal deadline is June 20, 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. Apply for the Offshore Energy Safety Track by August 24, 2022.

NSF Dynamics, Control and Systems Diagnostics Program – This program promotes the fundamental science and engineering of dynamic systems to advance solutions to urgent societal problems. Such problems include mitigating the impacts of climate change; responding to epidemics, cyber-attacks, extreme weather, and other natural and man-made events; promoting efficient and equitable production and distribution of resources, and; developing resilient infrastructure, among others. Full proposals are accepted anytime.

USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Grants – The goal of this program is to invest in agricultural production research, education, and extension projects for more sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems. Priority areas include bioenergy, natural resources, and environment. Deadlines vary. See the official RFP for details.

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

PepsiCo Alternate Sources of Potable Water Project – PepsiCo is seeking to determine the availability and feasibility of low energy water extraction technologies for use as potable water in food and beverage manufacturing plants. If cost-effective and proven to be safe, this water could be used in product. An intermediate goal is to reduce the amount of water used to produce product in manufacturing plants. Apply by May 31, 2022.

Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation Energy Grants (BIRD Energy) – This program develops innovation through U.S.-Israeli cooperation on a range of energy technologies, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, natural gas, and energy-water technologies. Strong project proposals will specify cooperation between a company and a university/research institution (one from the U.S. and one from Israel). The maximum conditional grant is $1 million. To apply, submit an executive summary by June 30, 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.

Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities

Opportunities coming soon!


Graduate Student Funding Opportunities



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