To help with grant writing, OCRD has developed a number of grant writing toolkits focusing on either a specific federal funding agency or a specific funding program within a federal funding agency. These toolkits include templates and guidance documents to help write proposals. You can access any of the toolkits with your Duke NetID. If there is a funding opportunity you are interested in which does not have a corresponding toolkit listed below, you can contact OCRD to request a customized toolkit. 

Standard Grant Programs
Special Grant Programs
  • DoD Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI) to address multidisciplinary high-risk basic research in science and engineering that is of potential interest to the Department of Defense (DoD). 
    Deadline: September 9, 2022 (full proposal)
  • NIH Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant (T32) to enhance predoctoral and postdoctoral research training, including short-term research training, and help ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to meet the needs of the nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research agenda. 
    Deadline: See NIH Standard Due Dates; next deadline: September 25, 2022
  • NSF Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet) supports strategic linkages between U.S. and international research networks to identify knowledge gaps and develop research roadmaps that will stimulate and foster future research advances in science, engineering, and STEM education. 
    Deadline: October 10, 2022
  • NSF Algorithms for Modern Power Systems (AMPS) supports research projects to develop the next generation of mathematical and statistical algorithms for improvement of the security, reliability, and efficiency of the modern power grid. 
    Deadline: February 13, 2023
  • NSF Research Experiences for Teachers Sites in Biological Sciences (BIORETS) to extend research opportunities to groups of teachers in fields that are supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences in order to enhance teachers’ science literacy and create mechanisms whereby teachers develop collaborative relationships with each other and with partners from the host institution to advance learning. 
    Deadline: July 31, 2022
  • NSF Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) is a dedicated program supporting the development of a diverse and well-prepared engineering workforce through enhancing the diversity and inclusion of all underrepresented populations in engineering. Funding is available in four tracks: Track 1: Planning and Conference Grants, Track 2: Research in Broadening Participation in Engineering, Track 3: Inclusive Mentoring Hubs (IM Hubs), and Track 4: Centers for Equity in Engineering (CEE).
    Deadline: November 16, 2022 (Tracks 3 and 4); accepted anytime (Tracks 1 and 2)
  • NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE): Core Programs supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in all aspects of computing, communications, and information science and engineering, as well as advanced cyberinfrastructure. 
    Deadline: Open (for small projects only at this time)
  • NSF Conference supports conferences in special areas of science and engineering that bring experts together to discuss recent research or education findings or to expose other researchers or students to new research and education techniques.
    Deadline: Open (a conference proposal should generally be submitted at least a year in advance of the scheduled date).
  • NSF DMS-NIGMS to support fundamental research in mathematics and statistics necessary to answer questions in the biological and biomedical sciences and to promote research at the interface between mathematical and life sciences. 
    Deadline: September 19, 2022
  • NSF EHR Core Research (ECR CORE) for fundamental research that contributes to the general, explanatory knowledge that underlies STEM education in one or more of three broadly conceived Research Areas: Research on STEM Learning and Learning Environments, Research on Broadening Participation in STEM fields, and Research on STEM Workforce Development. 
    Deadline: October 6, 2022
  • NSF Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) to use fundamental research to produce knowledge about what constitutes or promotes responsible or irresponsible conduct of research and why, as well as how to best instill this knowledge into researchers, practitioners, and educators at all career stages.
    Deadline: January 23, 2023
  • NSF Growing Convergence Research (GCR) targeting multi-disciplinary team research that crosses directorate or division boundaries and is currently not supported by NSF programs, initiatives, and research-focused Big Ideas.
    Deadline: February 6, 2023
  • NSF International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) focuses on supporting U.S. students in international settings with two tracks: Track I supports undergraduate and/or graduate students to conduct research projects in a cohort experience. Track II focuses on developing Advanced Studies Institute(s) to teach graduate students particular research concepts and skills through short courses and/or active learning experiences.
    Deadline: September 20, 2022 (Track I) or September 27, 2022 (Track II)
  • NSF Research Coordination Networks (RCN) to help develop proposals that focus on fostering new research collaborations and networks as opposed to supporting primary research.
    Deadline: open
  • NSF Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE) to advance our understanding of professional formation and to transform the engineer-formation system.
    Deadline: open
  • NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) to help develop REU Site proposals.
    Deadline: September 6, 2022
  • NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science to support authentic summer research experiences for K-14 educators to foster long-term collaborations between universities, community colleges, school districts, and industry partners.
    Deadline: October 12, 2022
  • NSF Racial Equity in Stem Education (EHR Racial Equity) to support bold, ground-breaking, and potentially transformative projects addressing systemic racism in STEM through research (both fundamental and applied) and practice.
    Deadline: October 11, 2022; March 28, 2023
  • NSF Science of Science: Discovery, Communication, and Impact (SoS: DCI) to increase the public value of scientific activity by supporting basic research in three fundamental areas:  1) How to increase the rate of socially beneficial discovery, 2) How to improve science communication outcomes, and 3) How to expand the societal benefits of scientific activity. Note that this opportunity is offered in partnership between NSF and the William T. Grant Foundation. Faculty can apply on either the NSF side (see NSF target dates below) or the WT Grant Foundation side. See toolkit for details. 
    Target Dates: September 9, 2022
  • NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) to accelerate the creation of the scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and connected communities to bring about new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, accessibility and inclusivity, and overall quality of life.
    Deadline: Proposals accepted anytime until April 1, 2024
Standard Grant Programs
  • NIH K99 to help postdocs develop the K99/R00 application.
  • NSF Grants for Graduate Students includes separate toolkits for:
    • GRFP (updated annually each summer)
    • DDRIG (given the program-specific nature of DDRIGs, OCRD will update this toolkit upon request)
  • NIH F Grants to help PhD students and postdocs develop: