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Here are some of the external sources of funding available to professors. If you have any programs to add, or if you encounter a broken link, please let us know.


National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)

NSF Logo The mission is to promote excellence in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all students. The Division accomplishes its mission through the following goals: providing leadership, supporting curriculum development, preparing the workforce, and fostering connections. DUE's current programs, which are described in the documents on this Web site, constitute a comprehensive approach to strengthening STEM education at two- and four-year colleges and universities by improving curricula, instruction, laboratories, infrastructure, assessment, diversity of students and faculty, and collaborations. These programs encompass most of the activities supported by the Division; however, additional ideas and mechanisms will be considered by DUE staff at any time.

Department of Education

NSF Logo ED was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. Ed's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. ED's 4,200 employees and $63.7 billion budget are dedicated to establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds, collecting data on America's schools and disseminating research, focusing national attention on key educational issues, and prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education. The Department offers several kinds of grants: grants to help students attend college, formula grants to agencies using formulas determined by Congress, and discretionary grants to organizations, agencies, and individuals.

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)

NSF Logo Comprehensive Program is FIPSE?s flagship program which supports innovative projects that may respond to issues of national and global significance. These projects propose significant reforms and improvements in U.S. postsecondary education and have the potential to serve as national models for reform. FIPSE welcomes proposals for projects which seek novel strategies for establishing an international dimension of issues related to all aspects of postsecondary education, including foreign language acquisition, the social sciences, health sciences, and information technology.

Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology

NSF Logo The Department of Education's Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) grant program addresses a growing challenge in modern education: nearly all elementary and secondary schools are now "wired" to the Internet, but most teachers still feel uncomfortable using technology in their teaching. Since 1999, PT3 has awarded over 400 grants to education consortia to help address this challenge. These grants include projects designed to transform teaching and learning through: Faculty development, Course restructuring, Certification policy changes, Online teacher preparation, Enriched-Networked-Virtual, Video case studies, Electronic portfolios, Mentoring triads, and Embedded assessments.

National Institutes of Health

NSF Logo The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation's medical research agency-making important medical discoveries that improve health and save lives. NIH's mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability. The NIH provides financial support in the form of grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts. This assistance supports the advancement of the NIH mission of enhancing health, extending healthy life, and reducing the burdens of illness and disability. While NIH awards many grants specifically for research, we also provide grant opportunities that support research-related activities, including: fellowship and training, career development, scientific conferences, resource and construction.


CIES & the Fulbright Scholar Program

NSF Logo The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), the scholar division of the Institute of International Education (IIE), is well known for its expertise and extensive experience in conducting international exchange programs for scholars and university administrators. CIES maintains deep ties with the higher education community in the United States and abroad, including individual universities and colleges, major scholarly organizations, and academic associations. CIES also collaborates with a network of bi-national Fulbright Commissions in 50 countries and 90 U.S. diplomatic posts around the world. In addition, CIES organizes seminars for higher education administrators, plans and implements academic conferences, facilitates connections between scholars and host institutions, manages visa applications, provides an effective orientation program for scholars, and facilitates cultural awareness programs to support the effective integration of scholars in their host institutions and countries. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants-chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

The Hewlett Foundation

NSF Logo The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1967 to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. The Foundation's programs have ambitious goals that include: helping to reduce global poverty, limiting the risk of climate change, improving education for students in California and elsewhere, improving reproductive health and rights worldwide, supporting vibrant performing arts in our community, advancing the field of philanthropy, and supporting disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Hewlett Foundation makes grants in six core program areas: education, environment, global development, performing arts, philanthropy, and population. The Foundation's grants are awarded solely for charitable purposes.

The Pew Charitable Trusts

NSF Logo The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our commitment to fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society. In our public policy work, Pew studies and promotes nonpartisan solutions for pressing and emerging problems affecting the American public and the global community. In areas such as the environment, early education and the public's health and well-being, our experts partner with leading authorities to conduct research and advance fact-based change in the public interest.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

NSF Logo Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people-especially those with the fewest resources-have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. We fund work that meets our grantmaking priorities and supports our guiding principles. We are committed to bring innovations in health and learning to the global community and to improve educational opportunities and access to technology within the United States.

Teagle Foundation

NSF Logo The Teagle Foundation provides leadership for liberal education, marshalling the intellectual and financial resources necessary to ensure that today's students have access to challenging, wide- ranging, and enriching college educations. We believe that the benefits of such learning last for a lifetime and are best achieved when colleges develop broad and intellectually stimulating curricula, engage their students in active learning, explore questions of deep social and personal significance, set clear goals, and-crucially-systematically measure progress toward them. The Teagle Foundation's commitment to promoting and strengthening liberal education grounds all of our grantmaking. Our programs generally encourage collaboration among institutions, seeking to generate new knowledge on issues of importance to higher education. We are further committed to widely disseminating this knowledge, which we hope will be useful to faculty and institutions beyond those initially funded. Through our College-Community Connections program, the Foundation makes grants to community-based organizations in New York City that help disadvantaged young people prepare for-and succeed in-college, and works to build closer ties between these organizations and area colleges and universities. The ExxonMobil Scholarship Program provides financial help for the children of ExxonMobil employees in gaining access to college.

Spencer Foundation

NSF Logo The Spencer Foundation was established in 1962 by Lyle M. Spencer. The Foundation received its major endowment upon Spencer's death in 1968 and began formal grant making in 1971. Since that time, the Foundation has made grants totaling approximately $250 million. The Foundation is intended, by Spencer's direction, to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world. Beginning in February 2006, the Research Grants program began accepting applications that fit within one or more of four areas of inquiry: The Relation between Education and Social Opportunity; Organizational Learning in Schools, School Systems, and Higher Education Institutions; Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Resources; and Purposes and Values of Education. In addition to proposals in these defined areas, the Foundation will continue to provide an opportunity to submit field-initiated proposals outside these areas.


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