Research

Federal Sponsors

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds scientific research in a variety of domains. The NSF Guide to Programs for the current fiscal year is available online. Recent NSF funding announcements as well as FastLane access, an interactive real-time system used to conduct NSF business over the Internet, are also available online.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services funds research through the following offices and services.

The U.S. Department of Education funds programs to strengthen learning and teaching in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educational institutions.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds a variety of programs through the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service.

The U.S. Department of Commerce funds technology-oriented programs through the National Institutes of Standards and Technology and supports research in atmospheric and ocean sciences through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has the following sources of funding.

The U.S. Department of Energy funds research in the sciences through the Office of Science.

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development works to create opportunities for home ownership, provide housing assistance for low-income families, and help communities spur economic development in their own neighborhoods.

The U.S. Department of the Interior provides natural resource administration grants through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and supports earth sciences research through the U.S. Geographical Service.

The U.S. Department of Justice funds research projects through the National Institute of Justice and the Office of Justice Programs.

The U.S. Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of U.S. job seekers, wage earners, and retirees.

The U.S. Department of State provides funding opportunities for academic and non-profit institutions seeking exchanges and training grants through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Exchanges.

The U.S. Department of Transportation oversees the formulation of national transportation policy and promotes intermodal transportation.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting offers grants for the development of radio and television programming.

The Environmental Protection Agency funds environmental research through the National Center for Environmental Research.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration conducts research in a number of areas dealing with aero and space science.

The National Archives & Records Administration is the nation's national record keeper and works to ensure ready access to the essential evidence that documents the rights of U.S. citizens, the actions of federal officials, and the national experience.

The National Endowment for the Arts provides national recognition and support to significant projects of artistic excellence.

The National Endowment for the Humanities supports research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

The U.S. Institute of Peace offers financial support for research, education and training, and the dissemination of information on international peace and conflict resolution.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting: economic growth, agriculture, and trade; global health; and democracy, conflict prevention, and humanitarian assistance.

Higher Education Development Program works in close partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the nation’s six presidential higher education associations to support the involvement of higher education in development issues worldwide.