Large Funding Opportunities

Large-scale, Collaborative Research Funding Opportunities

Below are funding opportunities that support large-scale, collaborative research projects. Please note that this list is not comprehensive. We encourage you to sign up for tailored funding opportunity alerts from GrantForward and updates from specific sponsors.

Our proposal manager helps faculty members develop complex proposals like the ones listed below. For more information, visit our Support for Large Proposals page or email Erika Jermé at

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RTT offers funding to plan for large proposal submissions. For more information, please review the RTT Planning Grant RFP.


OpportunityAnticipated DeadlineSynopsisLimited?
NASA Space Technology Research InstitutesPre-proposals due Aug. 4, 2020STRIs strengthen NASA’s ties to the academic community through long-term, sustained investment in research and technology development critical to NASA’s future. No
NSF Engineering Research Centers (ERC)LOI due Sept. 2, 2020
Pre-proposal due Oct. 2, 2020
Full Proposal due May 7, 2021
ERCs integrate engineering research and education with technological innovation to achieve strong societal impact.No
NSF Emerging Frontiers in Research and InnovationLOI due Fall 2020EFRI serves a critical role in helping ENG focus on important emerging areas in a timely manner. This solicitation is a funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research.No
NSF ADVANCEMultiple deadlines in 2020-2021The NSF ADVANCE program goal is to broaden the implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. Yes
NSF Growing Convergence ResearchFebruary 1, 2021This GCR solicitation targets multi-disciplinary team research that crosses directorate or division boundaries and iscurrently not supported by NSF programs, initiatives and research-focused Big Ideas.No
NSF Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-1February 2021Mid-scale RI-1 funding will support a wide variety of research infrastructure design and implementation activities for any combination of equipment, infrastructure, upgrades to major research facilities, computational hardware and software, and the necessary commissioning, all leading to the direct advancement of fundamental science, engineering and STEM education research.No
NSF Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-2March 2021The NSF Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-2 Program (Mid-scale RI-2) supports implementation of projects that comprise any combination of equipment, instrumentation, computational hardware and software, and the necessary commissioning and human capital in support of implementation of the same.No
NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)Spring 2021PIRE supports high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration.Yes
DOD Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives (MURI) ProgramSpring 2021MURI efforts involve teams of researchers investigating high priority topics and opportunities that intersect more than one traditional technical discipline. For many military problems this multidisciplinary approach serves to stimulate innovations, accelerate research progress and expedite transition of results into naval applications.No
DOE ARPA-E OPEN2021The objective of an ARPA-E OPEN FOA is to support the development of potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications. No
DOT University Transportation Centers2021The UTC Program advances the state-of-the-art in transportation research and technology, and develops the next generation of transportation professionals.No
DOE Energy Frontiers Research Centers (EFRC)January 2022EFRCs bring together multidisciplinary teams to accelerate scientific understanding in diverse energy-relevant fields.Yes
NSF Science and Technology Centers (STC)2022STCs conduct innovative, potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards.Yes
NSF Materials Research Science & Engineering Centers (MRSEC)Spring 2022MRSEC provides sustained support of interdisciplinary materials research and education that addresses fundamental problems in science and engineering.Yes
ARL Collaborative Technology and Research AlliancesAd hocCollaborative Technology and Research Alliances are partnerships between Army laboratories and centers, private industry and academia that are focusing on the rapid transition of innovative technologies to the Warfighter to enable the Army's Future Force.No