National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. NSF accounts for about one-fourth of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.
National Institutes of Health
National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $32 billion a year to enhance life, and reduce illness and disability. NIH offers funding for many types of grants, contracts and even programs that help repay loans for researchers.
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDRMP)
The CDMRP originated in 1992 via a Congressional appropriation to foster novel approaches to biomedical research in response to the expressed needs of its stakeholders-the American public, the military, and Congress. The programs encourage innovative research that will fill gaps and address issues in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and quality of life to improve health and well-being for the military and the public. Recent research programs have included alcohol and substance abuse disorders, autism, cancer, epilepsy, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis, among many others.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
USAID is the lead U.S. government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. USAID partners with organizations through contracts, grants and cooperative agreements.
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Pew is a global research and public policy organization. Its mission is to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life. Pew issues Calls for Proposals to fund a range of diverse projects in areas such as community, environment, families, governing and health.
W. M. Keck Foundation
The foundation’s research program supports projects in medical research and science and engineering that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field. Historically, grants range from $500,000 to $5 million and are typically $2 million or less.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
ORAU is a consortium of major Ph.D.-granting institutions that advances scientific research and education through partnerships with academia and the U.S. Department of Energy. ORAU’s unique funding vehicles provide a path for funding innovative research-based approaches with partner universities. In addition, the organization’s annual programs offer professional development grants to talented investigators and faculty. The George Washington University is a Sponsoring Institution of ORAU.
Intramural Research Funding
GW offices, including the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), make funding available to support investigators and collaborative research groups:
The Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund supports the establishment of collaborative partnerships within chartered research centers and institutes or between investigators from two or more schools. The goal is to support the development of successful proposals for federal funding.
The University Facilitating Fund provides seed funding for research and scholarly activity at GW. Funding emphasis is placed on junior investigators or on investigators who are submitting an application in a new research area.