Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) PROGRAM SOLICITATION

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) application period is now open! NSF is soliciting applications for the GRFP until the posted deadlines in late October and early November 2014. Since 1952, GRFP has provided Fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study in science or engineering and leads to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree. The NSF expects to award 2,000 Graduate Research Fellowships under this program solicitation pending availability of funds:


Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) PROGRAM SOLICITATION (NSF 14-590)


GRFP is also soliciting reviewers for the GRFP applications.  Disciplinary and interdisciplinary scientists and engineers, and other professionals with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate education expertise, are invited to serve as reviewers for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). This opportunity is described in a Dear Colleague Letter:


Dear Colleague Letter – NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program – Invitation for Reviewers (NSF 14-107)

Searle Scholars Program

Internal Deadline:  August 22, 2014

Submit application to the Office of Vice Chancellor for Research


The Searle Scholars Program supports research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position at a participating academic or research institution. Today, 153 institutions are invited to participate in the Program.

The Program was established at The Chicago Community Trust in 1980 and has been administered by Kinship Foundation since 1996. The Program is funded from the estates of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Searle. Mr. Searle was the grandson of the founder of the world-wide pharmaceutical company, G.D. Searle & Company. It was Mr. Searle’s wish that certain funds be used to support “…research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences.”

Each year 15 new individuals are named Searle Scholars. Awards are currently set at $100,000 per year for three years. Since its inception, 542 Scholars have been named and over $115 million has been awarded.


PCORI Fall Funding Cycle Pre-Announcement

Applicant Resources Aim to Support Latest Round of Funding Opportunities 

We’ve opened the online application system for our Fall 2014 funding cycle and will issue our third call for proposals for large pragmatic clinical studies on Monday, Aug. 18. Required Letters of Intent (LOIs) for all of our funding announcements are now “competitive,” meaning potential applicants will be invited to submit full applications only after a review of their LOIs. We offer potential applicants an abundance of information and resources to help them prepare the best possible LOIs and applications.

  • Applicant resources are listed in each PFA in our Funding Center.
  • Informational “town hall” webinars hosted by our Contracts Management and Administration team provide helpful tips on how to apply for PCORI funding. Visit our Applicant Training page to find links to upcoming webinars and additional resources.
  • A free workshop Sept. 22-23 in San Diego will offer sponsored project administrators tips and tools for developing responsive proposals. Register here.