Sources of Funding for Faculty and Postdocs

Funding Opportunities

Featured institutional and external funding opportunities for UMN faculty and postdoctoral scholars

Internal Funding

Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility 
Global Health Seed Grants
Deadline: 4/28/23; 5/19/23

Global Health Seed Grants foster interdisciplinary research collaborations to advance new global health research. Awards of up to $25,000 are available for global health or women's health interdisciplinary research projects.

Institute on the Environment
Spring 2023 Mini Grants
Deadline: 4/30/23

Designed to support and spark collaborative projects with up to $3,000 to address environmental and sustainability issues across the U’s five-campuses, Extension, and outreach centers. UMN faculty, staff, and students are eligible to apply. The RFP is open through midnight April 30.

Technology Commercialization
Early Innovation Fund
Deadline: 5/22/23

Up to $10,000 in funding is available for short-term projects that advance early-stage innovations. All UMN researchers and employees are eligible, including faculty, postdocs, grad students, and staff.

Limited Extramural Funding

The Limited Extramural Funding list features opportunities that require university coordination. A few opportunities are highlighted below. For more information or to list a new opportunity, contact OVPR Research Advancement at [email protected].

Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust
Catalyst Awards Program
Deadline: 4/11/23; 6/15/23

Provides one year of seed funding to support high-risk, high-reward projects that address critical scientific and therapeutic roadblocks within the program’s principal areas of focus.

Hearst Foundations
Hearst Foundation Grant
Deadline: 5/1/23; 7/3/23

Support for well-established nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of interests—culture, education, health, and social service—and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies.

Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr Foundation
Mallinckrodt Grant Program
Deadline: 6/1/23; 8/1/23

National Institutes of Health
NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25)
Deadline: 5/29/23; 7/14/23

NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5)
Deadline: 7/10/23; 9/6/23

Pew Charitable Trusts
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
Deadline: 5/1/23; 7/3/23

William T. Grant Foundation
Institutional Challenge Grant
Deadline: 7/28/23; 9/13/23

Government Funding

Check out the NIH Matchmaker tool
NIH rolled out a  Matchmaker tool in RePORTER this spring that can help you determine which IC may be interested in "your idea or which NIH program official you might want to reach out to, and which study section you might want to suggest your application gets assigned to for review." (Check out the video demonstration of Matchmaker): 

·Simply enter your abstract or terms into the search field (give it enough information for it to make as precise a match as possible).

·Select whether you want to search for: 

o   Similar Projects, which will allow you to explore NIH funded projects that most closely match, which ICs funded those projects, to which study sections applications for those awards went, and more.

o   Similar Program Officials, which will show you which NIH program officials have grant portfolios that most closely match the information you input, allow you to explore the awards in those portfolios, provide you email addresses so you can contact the program officials, and shows you the ICs of the program officials   

o   Explore the results screens! Filter results by clicking on the histograms.  

When in doubt, reach out – NIH staff are there to help you navigate the grants process!

Industry Funding & Partnerships

The Industry Funding and Partnership Opportunities list is compiled by Technology Commercialization staff. For more information, contact Leza Besemann at [email protected]

Halo Science
Halo Science is a quick and easy way for scientists to identify potential industry partners and find funding for research projects in their fields. Several UMN proposals have recently been funded.

Private Foundation Funding

The Corporate and Foundation Relations Private Foundation RFP list includes a wide range of funding opportunities that are currently available from private funders and foundations.
Proposal Central
Funding opportunities from professional societies and foundations.
Human Immunome Project
The Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants
Deadline: 6/11/23
Awards of $150,000 to support early-career investigators working to significantly advance human immunology and vaccine and immunotherapy research for major global diseases.

Vilcek Foundation
2024 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science
Deadline: 6/12/23
Awards of $50,000 to young, immigrant biomedical scientists who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. 


A number of extramural funding opportunities are available for those interested in cancer-related research. A sampling of external funding agencies can be found below.

Other Funding Resources

University Libraries - The University Libraries provides resources for getting started with searching for funding and using reference databases, such as Pivot, SPIN, and the Foundation Directory Online (FDO).

Grant Forward - A funding opportunity database and recommendation service built by academics for researchers.

Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative (SPARC) - Engages researchers across disciplines in the US and globally to establish new large-scale programs. Supported by OVPR and GPS Alliance.

Charitable Grants Resource Hub