Research Management Group (RMG)

NSF Funding Opportunity Resources

This webpage contains a calendar containing highlights of NSF funding opportunity announcements which pertain to bioscience, chemistry, earth science, engineering, and physics.

unless otherwise stated, Stanford faculty with PI eligibility

NSF Funding Opportunity Search Tool:
Link to the NSF "Find Funding" webpage:

NSF Awards Advanced Search Webpage (for funded programs)


NSF Grant and Proposal Guidelines (GPG) (effective Jan. 2017)

NSF Medical Research/Disease-related goal restrictions
NSF Grant Proposal Guidelines Chapter 1. B:
Unless otherwise stated in the program guidelines, research with disease-related goals, including work on the etiology, diagnosis or treatment of physical or mental disease, abnormality, or malfunction in human beings or animals, is normally not supported. Animal models of such conditions or the development or testing of drugs or other procedures for their treatment also are not eligible for support.
However, research in bioengineering, with diagnosis- or treatment-related goals, that applies engineering principles to problems in biology and medicine while advancing engineering knowledge is eligible for support. Bioengineering research to aid persons with disabilities also is eligible."


NSF Limited Submission Programs

Check the limited submission program webpage >>


Faculty Early Career Development Program


NSF 17-537 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

Amount of funding:
The CAREER award, including indirect costs, is expected to total a minimum of $400,000 for the 5-year duration, with the following exceptions:
Awards for proposals to the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), the Directorate for Engineering (ENG), or the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) are expected to total a minimum of $500,000 for the 5-year duration.
The PECASE award is an honorary award for all NSF recipients and does not provide additional funds.
The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation'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.
PECASE: Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria: 1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of NSF, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education or community outreach. PECASE eligibility requires that the applicant be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident by the time of nomination.
Eligibility: assistant professors with tenure-track or equivalent positions
By the Directorate's deadline for submission of CAREER proposals, proposers must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
Hold a doctoral degree by the deadline date in a field supported by NSF;
Be untenured until October 1 following the deadline; and
Have not previously received a CAREER award (prior or concurrent Federal support for other types of awards or for non-duplicative research does not preclude eligibility);
By October 1st following the deadline for submission of CAREER proposals:
Be employed in a tenure-track (or tenure-track-equivalent) position as an assistant professor (with a UTL faculty appt.) (or equivalent title) at an accredited institution located in the U.S., its territories, or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, that awards degrees in a field supported by NSF; Be employed in a tenure-track position (or tenure-track-equivalent position) as an assistant professor (or equivalent title) at an organization located in the U.S., its territories or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico that is a non-profit, non-degree-granting organization such as a museum, observatory, or research lab.
Directorate deadlines:
Biological Sciences (BIO)
Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering (CISE)
Education and Human Resources (EHR)

Full proposal: July 19, 2017
Engineering (ENG)
Full proposal: July 20, 2017
Geosciences (GEO)
Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)
Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE); Office of Polar Programs (OPP)

Full proposal: July 21, 2017
Program announcement





NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships

For links to the most recent upcoming foundation and association postdoctoral funding opportunity announcement (and master list of over 200 funding opportunities), see the RMG Fellowship Office webpage >>

Citizenship: Must, at the time of submission, be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or a legally admitted permanent resident alien of the United States. See the respective guidelines for each announcement for additional eligibility criteria.

NOTE: NSF RFPs are subject to changes/updates


NSF 16-575 Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships
This RFP provides an opportunity for highly qualified, recent doctoral scientists to carry out an integrated program of independent research and education. Fellows may engage in observational, instrumental, theoretical, laboratory or archival data research in any area of astronomy or astrophysics, in combination with a coherent educational plan for the duration of the fellowship.
The candidate is a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident (Green Card Holder) of the United States.
Deadline: TBA- there is not an upcoming deadline.
Institutional representative: not applicable. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows.


NSF 16-558 Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MSPRF)
To support future leaders in mathematics and statistics by facilitating their participation in postdoctoral research environments that will have maximal impact on their future scientific development. There are two options for awardees: Research Fellowship and Research Instructorship. Awards will support research in areas of mathematics and statistics, including applications to other disciplines.
Deadline: Oct. 18, 2017


NSF 14-509 Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (AGS-PRF)
This opportunity was deleted (04/09/17).


NSF 15-568 Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF)
The candidate is a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States. Each candidate must identify one or more sponsoring scientist(s) and host institution(s) at the time of proposal submission.
The program is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential, and provide them with experience in research and education that will establish them in leadership positions in the Earth Sciences community. Because the fellowships are offered only to postdoctoral scientists early in their career, doctoral advisors are encouraged to discuss the availability of EAR fellowships with their graduate students early in their doctoral programs.
Per the webpage below, this program has been archived and is no longer offered.



Stanford Resources for faculty:

Institutional Representatives:
School of Medicine: Research Process Manager (RPM) department assignments >>
Other Schools: *Other schools: **NEW** Download the Pre-award OSR department assignments on this new DoResearch webpage >> at Stanford resources for Stanford faculty
How to set up your computer, eSubmit, and other resource more >>

Dean of Research Office "Do"Research website (policies, procedures, resources, funding) more >>

Center Grant Coordinator
Pam Jahnke, Dean of Research Office, is an additional resource for faculty throughout the university who are preparing center grant and other complex grant applications. Pam's work is expected to be supplemental and complementary to the assistance that faculty receive from research administration staff in their departments and schools (RPMs/RMG, OSR, ERA). Pam can be reached at Additional information:

Shared Facility/Service Center Resource
You are encouraged to discuss shared facility, service center, core facility resources with Bruce Koch, Senior Director, Discovery and Technological Service Centers, Office of the Senior Associate Dean for Research at
School of Medicine/Spectrum webpage "Enabling Technologies" (includes links to shared facilities)
School of Medicine Service Centers links:
DoResearch Shared Facility webpage:



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