Funding Opportunities

The Institute has a robust research enterprise, with annual research expenditures on campus exceeding $728 million. The Institute provides faculty and principal investigators with the infrastructure necessary to conduct research, most of which is supported through grants, contracts and other arrangements with government, industry and foundations.  Information regarding grants and contract administration at MIT may be found through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Federal Sponsors

The federal government provides tens of billions in federal research funding through twenty-six separate funding agencies. Grants.gov is the single access point for more than 1,000 grant programs offered by all Federal grant making agencies. You can perform searches on funding opportunities free of charge on the Grants.gov site. Select “Find Funding Opportunities” on the left hand navigation screen and begin your searches. Note that you do not need to register. MIT is registered, and therefore no additional action is required for searching or for submitting proposals.

Please note that not all solicitations appear in the above mentioned databases. Searching sponsor specific sites may also be helpful.

Other Funding Information

GrantsNet – Funding Opportunities for Training in the Biological and Medical Sciences
The Office of Foundation Relations – Provides information about Foundation Grant Programs

Limited Submission Funding Opportunites

Increasingly, federal agencies, foundations and other sponsors are distributing funding opportunity announcements that limit the number of applications to be submitted by a single institution. These opportunities may also require an institutional nomination or endorsement. Applications or nominations submitted without proper institutional endorsement, or submission of a number over the limit may result in automatic rejection of all MIT proposals.

For the majority of these programs, The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) is responsible for administering the nomination process for the limited submission funding opportunities. Typically, the VPR will announce a deadline and requirements for an internal review and selection of applications/nominations. Many of the limited solicitation programs are for junior faculty career development awards, and for these programs the MIT internal competition nominations are typically limited to Department Head/Lab Director recommendations only.

Please Note: The VPR maintains several email listservs through which it announces these programs. If you do not receive such emails and wish to (or conversely, prefer not to receive such emails), please make requests through the following links:

Limited Solicitation Funding notifications lists:

Restricted Federal

Restricted Foundation

If you are interested in submitting an application to a solicitation that limits the number of applicants and no competition announcement has been made, or for more information about this process, please contact vpr-contact@mit.edu or call Cathy Borgesen at (617) 324-6870.

A listing of currently active limited solicitation competitions and competitions that have run over the past year may also be found at:

CURRENT MIT Limited Solicitation Competitions
PAST MIT Limited Solicitation Competitions

Other notification lists of interest:

Unrestricted Foundation
Other Unrestricted Opportunities