Grants information

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Sponsored Programs Staff at Swarthmore:
Director Tania Johnson, (610) 690-5713, email

Below are some sources of funding (including those specific to mathematical sciences, Swarthmore/Tri-Co/AALAC sources, and a few other sources).

Grants for the Mathematical Sciences:

American Mathematical Society (AMS)
  • AMS Centennial Research Fellowship (approximately $89,000, with an additional expense allowance of $8,900): for outstanding mathematicians between three and twelve years of PhD, to help further their careers in research, with preference given to candidates who have not had extensive fellowship support in the past; deadline October 1, 2016.
National Security Agency (NSA): 

National Science Foundation (NSF):

  • Standard Individual Grant, see Grant Proposal Guide (generally three years, in exceptional cases up to five years, up to two months summer salary, travel, student stipends): deadline varies by program, in October or November each year. Proposals from Swarthmore College should be labelled as RUI proposals (see below).
  • Facilitating Research at Undergraduate Institutions: Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)support research by faculty members at predominantly undergraduate institutions. RUI proposals support research that engages them in their professional field(s), builds capacity for research at their home institution, and supports the integration of research and undergraduate education; submitted and reviewed along other standard individual grant proposals; must include RUI Impact Statement and Certification of Eligibility; deadline as usual for standard proposals, varies by program, in October or November each year.
  • Facilitating Research at Undergraduate Institutions: Research Opportunity Awards (ROA)allow faculty to work as visiting scientists at research-intensive organizations where they collaborate with other NSF-supported investigators; submitted as a supplement by an existing NSF PI; for deadlines, contact relevant NSF Program Officer.
  • Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) (minimum of $400,000 over five years, including indirect costs): NSF's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research; must be tenure-track on October 1, 2016; deadline July 22, 2016.
  • Conferences and Workshops (any amount for up to three years, normal range under $15,000 per year; requests over $50,000 need special permission to review internally, requests over $100,000 require external review): proposals accepted at any time.  

            Other NSF opportunities:

  • NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) (S-STEM Institutional Capacity $650,000 maximum over five years; S-STEM Design and Development $1M maximum over five years): The program seeks: 1) to increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in STEM and entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM; 2) to improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on academically talented low-income students; and 3) to generate knowledge to advance understanding of how factors or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM of low-income students; deadline third Thursday in April (beginning 2017).
  • Research Training Groups (RTG) (three to five years): strengthen the nation's scientific competitiveness by increasing the number of well-prepared U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents who pursue careers in the mathematical sciences. The RTG program supports efforts to improve research training by involving undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and faculty members in structured research groups centered on a common research theme; deadline first Tuesday of June each year.
  • Focused Research Groups (FRG) (three years): activity supports projects for which the collective effort by a group of researchers is necessary to reach the scientific goals. Projects should be scientifically focused and well-delineated; deadline third Friday of September each year.

Simons Foundation:

  • AMS-Simons Travel grants ($2000 per year for two years): early-career mathematicians within four years of PhD; deadline end of March each year.
  • Collaboration grants ($7000 per year for five years): tenure, tenure-track, or emeritus faculty; restricted to researchers who do NOT hold external grants of $3000 per year or more; deadline end of January each year.
  • Simons Fellows in Mathematics (second-semester sabbatical funding, salary for 50% of academic year plus $10,000 for expenses): deadline end of September each year.
Other sources for scientific research, e.g. applied mathematics/statistics

James S. McDonnell Foundation: solo and collaborative grants in complex systems.

National Institutes of Health (NIH): many programs and types of grants related to biomedical research.

U.S. Army Research Officemechanical sciences, environmental sciences, mathematics, electronics, computing science, physics, chemistry, life sciences, materials science and network science.

Grants for Swarthmore College Faculty:
  • The Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC) (up to $20,000) The AALAC provides funds to support workshops that enable faculty members from AALAC institutions (for list of institutions, see link) to gather and work together on a subject of mutual interest. Designed and organized by the faculty, the workshops may focus on topics relating to research, curricula, or pedagogy and, where relevant, may be either disciplinary or interdisciplinary. The workshops may take place during the academic year or summer and may be held on member institution campuses or may extend a stay at professional meetings by a day or two; deadline May 31, 2016.
  • Mellon Tri-College Faculty Forum ($400-600 for Brainstorming Grants, up to $3000 per year for three years for Seed Grant; Seed projects that demonstrate success and require funding after the 3-year maximum of Seed renewals are eligible to apply for up to $3000 per year for Root Grants); deadline April 15, 2016. 
    • Brainstorming grants are available to support Tri-Co faculty members who share common interests. Funds can be used for lunches, dinners or other gatherings where meaningful discussions, brainstorming sessions, workshops, and interactions can occur with peers from the three campuses. The goal of the brainstorming grant is to encourage faculty gatherings in order to discuss scholarly interests, curricular projects and program initiatives.
    • The Seed Grant Fellowships support innovative faculty projects related to research, teaching, curriculum, or service/governance. The grants are flexible as to the nature and scope of the initiatives funded. Projects might include faculty working groups, topical workshops or symposia, exchanges with other liberal arts colleges or universities, invited speakers, travel money for faculty training, etc. 
  • Swarthmore College Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, Curriculum Development Grants (up to $5000 in expenses): for the development or revision of courses that incorporate community-based learning (CBL) pedagogies. 
Other Fellowships and Grants:

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation:
  • Sloan Research Fellowship ($55,000 for two years): early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise, tenure-track and within six years of PhD, in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Nomination by chair/department required, with a maximum of three nominees per department; deadline mid-September each year.
American Association University Women (AAUW)
Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM):
Institutes/Other Conference and Collaboration Support:

American Institute of Mathematics (AIM):  Workshops with a specific mathematical goal and SQuaREs (Structured Quartet Research Ensembles) for four to six mathematicians to spend a week at AIM in San Jose.

AMS-MRC-Snowbird: Mathematics Research Communities (MRC) nurtures early-career mathematicians—those who are close to finishing their doctorates or have recently finished—and provides them with opportunities to build social and collaborative networks to inspire and sustain each other in their work.

Banff International Research Station (BIRS): Funding for several types of Workshops hosted at BIRS and CMO-Mexico (Oaxaca): 5-day, 2-day, Focused Research Group, Research in Teams, Summer School Workshops.

ICERM5-day workshops and topical programs.

Oberwolfach: weekly workshops for 45-48 participants and Research in Pairs for small groups to carry out joint research.