Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA) 

Part of the Office of the Dean for Research, serves as a frontline resource for project-funding support. Their highly skilled team has deep expertise regarding the regulatory landscape, including export controls. ORPA delivers hands-on guidance and ongoing stewardship, from identifying funding opportunities to managing awards.

Finding Funding - The first step in obtaining funding is identifying appropriate opportunities. Although there is no single database that provides comprehensive information, the below resources may be helpful.

  • Highlighted, Diversity and Limited Submission Funding Programs - A variety of funding resources are available to members of the University research community.  From time to time, ORPA highlights certain opportunities that are of wide appeal or applicability to University researchers.  Our office also oversees applications for "limited submission" opportunities in which the funding agency accepts only a limited number of proposals, applications, or nominations from each university or organization. 
    • Upcoming Highlighted Funding Deadlines can be found here.
    • Upcoming Limited Submission Deadlines can be found here.
    • Upcoming Diversity Highlighted Funding Deadlines can be found here.
  • Federal Funding - Government-sponsored grants comprise the majority of sponsored research funding at Princeton. The federal government provides tens of billions in federal funding through 26 funding agencies. Grants.gov is the single access point for most grant programs, and features a free search tool. 
  • Pivot provides a user-friendly, web-based system to aid faculty, staff, and students in matching research interests to potential external funding sources and in promoting collaborations with colleagues.  The direct link to Pivot can be found here.

Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations (CEFR)

The Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations team builds collaborations with companies and foundations to support strategic, catalytic, and capacity-building programs and research across all academic areas.

Finding Funding: An initial step in obtaining funding for research and special projects is to identify appropriate sponsors and opportunities.  Below provides an overview of the various types of funding generally available to Princeton faculty projects, as well as a listing of currently active calls for funding proposals from corporations and foundations (i.e., "Requests for Proposals" or RFPs.).

  • Request for Proposal - A variety of funding resources are available to members of the University research community
  • Corporate Collaborations - Researchers who are interested in exploring and developing relationships and collaborations with industry are encouraged to contact the Corporate Engagement team. CEFR has ongoing relationships with numerous companies across industry sectors, and can initiate, facilitate, and coordinate interactions with corporate representatives.
  • Foundation Support - Foundations support research endeavors across the intellectual spectrum. Through ongoing managed relationships with foundations and an in-depth knowledge of their guidelines and mission, the Foundation Relations team can match projects with foundation funding opportunities.
  • The Foundation Center compiles an extensive list of opportunities that may be searched by members of the Princeton community using the Foundation Directory Online from on-campus computers.
  • ResearchWithNJ.com is a searchable, public database of researchers, their publications and other research assets at higher education institutions in New Jersey that can help Princeton faculty identify potential collaborations with nearby colleagues.

Dean for Research

Internal Funding Opportunities:

  • Dean for Research Innovation funds - A series of competitive innovation funds that encourage bold new ideas involving the use of the campus as a lab, research in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, collaboration between artists and scientists or engineers, and new partnerships with industry.
  • Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund - Used to support the invention or implementation of entirely new technologies that will have a major impact on a field of research or to acquire a piece of equipment or an enabling technology that will change the direction of research in a field.​​​​​​
  • Intellectual Property Accelerator Fund - Awards funding to Princeton investigators with the goal of fostering and advancing the development of promising technologies from University labs into the global marketplace, for utilization in the public interest.