Funding Opportunities

Delaware EPSCoR provides direct funding opportunities for researchers working on projects related to our mission. These include fee waivers for the use of core scientific instrumentation centers and small seed grants for work designed to set the stage for larger federal funding programs.

For more information about core center fee waivers, contact Amy Slocum.

For more information about seed grants, contact Amy Slocum at the University of Delaware or Venu Kalavacharla at Delaware State University.

The EPSCoR staff will also help to coordinate the grant proposal submission process for large interdisciplinary or multi-institutional grants. If you are interested in pursuing such an opportunity and would like to discuss what assistance is available from EPSCoR, contact Jeanette Miller.

EPSCoR also works to keep Delaware researchers informed of federal grant and fellowship opportunities that are relevant to our mission. Here are some upcoming opportunities of interest:


National Science Foundation

Title: Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I
Despcription: The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program stimulates technological innovation in the private sector by strengthening the role of small business concerns in meeting federal research and development needs, increasing the commercial application of federally supported research results, and fostering and encouraging participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses. The STTR Program requires researchers at universities and other nonprofit research institutions to play a significant intellectual role in the conduct of each STTR project. These researchers, by joining forces with a small company, can spin-off their commercially promising ideas while they remain primarily employed at the research institution. This STTR Phase I solicitation aims at encouraging the commercialization of previously NSF-funded fundamental research (NSF funding lineage). It is highly desirable that the core innovation described in the submitted proposals can in some manner be linked to fundamental research funded by the NSF. The proposals submitted should fall into one the four broad topic areas: Biological and Chemical Technologies (BC); Education Applications (EA); Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies (EI); and Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, and Manufacturing (NM).
Due: Ongoing

Current National Science Foundation grant information can be found here



Environmental Protection Agency

Title: National Center for Environmental Research
Agency: EPA
Description: Requests for applications (RFAs) currently planned for the coming months can be found at this site. Please be aware that this list is tentative and may change due to changes in agency priorities, congressional direction, and/or budgetary constraints. The list may change periodically and should only be used as a guide to assist potential applicants. Please check back for updates or sign up for the agency's RFA email list to get announcements when RFAs are posted.

Individuals can sign up for the EPA listserver to be notified when new grant or funding opportunities are available here


Federal programs that sponsor environmental research:


National Science Foundation

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

U.S. Department of Agriculture

National Aeronautics and Space Administration