Funding Opportunities

2017 Minerva Research Initiative

Department of Defense

Due Date: White Papers due: March 21, 2017

The Minerva Initiative supports social science research aimed at improving our basic understanding of security, broadly defined. Supported projects are university-based and unclassified, with the intention that all work be shared widely to support the thriving of stable and safe communities.  The 2017 topic areas are:

  • Sociality, Security, and Interconnectivity
  • Understanding the Social Impact of Autonomy
  • Societal Resilience and Sociopolitical (In)stability
  • Power and Deterrence for Shaping Operations
  • Military Cyber Defense


Cisco Research Center (CRC)

Due Date: proposals reviewed on a rolling basis

Cisco Research Center (CRC) connects researchers and developers from Cisco, academia, governments, customers, and industry partners with the goal of facilitating collaboration and exploration of new and promising technologies. Several new RFPs including the following:

  • Secure and Private Internet of Things
  • Legal Implications for IoT, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Systems
  • Social Science: Career/Life Paths of Women in Engineering, Computer Science, and Data Science/Applied Mathematics

Decision, Risk and Management Sciences

National Science Foundation

Due Date: August 18, 2017

The Decision, Risk and Management Sciences program supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society.  Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and workshops are funded in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision analysis and decision aids; risk analysis, perception, and communication; societal and public policy decision making; management science and organizational design.

FINRA Investor Education Foundation General Grant Program

FINRA Investor Education Foundation

Due Date: Project Concept Forms are accepted at any time

In 2017, the FINRA Foundation welcomes applications for projects of approximately $50,000–$100,000 that advance understanding of the relationships among financial literacy, financial capability and financial well-being. Priority will be given to projects that use data from the National Financial Capability Study (see and other existing data sets.

National Consortium for Data Science

2017-2018 NCDS Data Fellows

Due Date: Applications due April 7, 2017

The NCDS Data Fellows Program provides faculty members from NCDS academic partner institutions (NCSU is an NCDS partner institution) the opportunity to receive funding to help support research on novel and innovative data science and data-focused business problems. The program is open to faculty researchers in all academic disciplines and domains.  Possible research topics include:

  • Synthetic data & anonymization techniques
  • Data science implications of the Internet of Things
  • Data science demands and workforce development, certification, and training
  • Data and risk mitigation
  • Machine learning and data mining
  • Security, cybersecurity, IoT security, identity, authentication, and privacy
  • Cloud and data center evolution
  • Business analytics
  • Data and ethics
  • Data curation

Russell Sage Foundation

Funding Opportunities

Due Date: Letters of Inquiry due May 31, 2017.

The Russell Sage Foundation is an operating foundation dedicated to programs of social science research. Current funding opportunities include:

  • Behavioral Economics
  • Future of Work
  • Race, Ethnicity and Immigration
  • Social Inequality

Science of Organizations

National Science Foundation

Due Date: September 5, 2017

The Science of Organizations program funds basic research that yields a scientific evidence base for improving the design and emergence, development and deployment, and management and ultimate effectiveness of organizations of all kinds.   Successful proposals use scientific methods to develop and refine theories, to empirically test theories and frameworks, and to develop new measures and methods. Funded research is aimed at yielding generalizable insights that are of value to the business practitioner, policy-maker and research communities.

Science of Science and Innovation Policy

National Science Foundation

Due Date: September 11, 2017

This program supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. The program funds research to develop models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision making process and concern the use and allocation of scarce scientific resources. For example, research proposals may develop behavioral and analytical conceptualizations, frameworks or models that have applications across the broad array of science and innovation policy challenges. Proposals also may develop methodologies to analyze science, technology and innovation data, and to usefully convey that information to a variety of audiences. Proposals that create and improve science, engineering and innovation data, including the design of new metrics and indicators, particularly proposals that demonstrate the viability of collecting and analyzing data on knowledge generation and innovation in organizations, are encouraged.