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Large Opportunites


Large opportunities are typically funding opportunities over $1M. Navigating the application process for a large grant proposal is a significant undertaking. You don’t have to do it alone – ORAP’s proposal consultants can help you with:


    • Narrative development, editing, and external reviews
    • Internal and external collaborator commnunication
    • Documents: templates, collection, and editing
    • Planning, organization, and budget support
    • Application package completion and submission

Below are a few of the recently released large opportunities. You can find all of the large opportunities on the Pivot website.


Title ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE)
Sponsor National Science Foundation (NSF)
Agency Deadline 01 Oct 2019 – Confirmed / sponsor Institutional Transformation
01 Nov 2019 – Confirmed / sponsor January 2020 Adaptation and Partnership competition
15 Jan 2020 – Confirmed / sponsor Adaptation and Partnership (FY 2020 competition)
02 Mar 2020 – Confirmed / sponsor Institutional Transformation
Amount Amount Upper: $3,000,000 USD
Amount Note: Estimated Number of Awards: 18 to 38The total number of awards to be made under this solicitation is estimated to be between 18 and 38 over the two fiscal years of this solicitation. Approximately two Institutional Transformation awards up to $3,000,000 for five-year projects are expected to be made under this solicitation. In each year, NSF expects to make: approximately six Adaptation awards up to $1,000,000 for three years; approximately six Partnership awards up to $1,000,000 for three to five years; and approximately six Catalyst awards up to $300K for two years. NSF anticipates that up to three of the six Adaptation projects may qualify for an additional $100,000 for collaborating with an NSF funded graduate education project and up to three of the six Partnerships projects may qualify for an additional $250,000 for collaborating with the NSF INCLUDES National Network.Anticipated Funding Amount: $30,000,000Pending availability of funds, NSF anticipates having up to $30,000,000 available over a period of two fiscal years (FY 2019-FY 2020) for support of the NSF ADVANCE portfolio. Up to $15,000,000 will be available for the FY 2019 competition and approximately $15,000,000 will be available for proposals for the FY 2020 competition.</span>
Abstract The NSF ADVANCE program contributes to the National Science Foundation’s goal of a more diverse and capable science and engineering workforce.[1] In this solicitation, the NSF ADVANCE program seeks to build on prior NSF ADVANCE work and other research and literature concerning gender, racial, and ethnic equity. The NSF ADVANCE program goal is to broaden the implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote equity for STEM [2] faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. The NSF ADVANCE program provides grants to enhance the systemic factors that support equity and inclusion and to mitigate the systemic factors that create inequities in the academic profession and workplaces. Systemic (or organizational) inequities may exist in areas such as policy and practice as well as in organizational culture and climate. For example, practices in academic departments that result in the inequitable allocation of service or teaching assignments may impede research productivity, delay advancement, and create a culture of differential treatment and rewards. Similarly, policies and procedures that do not mitigate implicit bias in hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions could lead to women and racial and ethnic minorities being evaluated less favorably, perpetuating historical under-participation in STEM academic careers and contributing to an academic climate that is not inclusive.

All NSF ADVANCE proposals are expected to use intersectional approaches in the design of systemic change strategies for STEM faculty in recognition that gender, race and ethnicity do not exist in isolation from each other and from other categories of social identity. The solicitation includes four funding tracks Institutional Transformation (IT), Adaptation, Partnership, and Catalyst, in support of the NSF ADVANCE program goal to broaden the implementation of systemic strategies that promote equity for STEM faculty.

Please note that NSF ADVANCE does not provide fellowships, research, or travel grants to individual students, postdoctoral researchers, or faculty to pursue STEM degrees or research. Undergraduate STEM opportunities can be found at and graduate STEM opportunities at

[1] Building the Future Investing in Innovation and Discovery: NSF Strategic Plan 2018-2022.
[2] All the STEM fields supported by NSF are supported by the ADVANCE program including the learning, social, behavioral, and economic sciences. ADVANCE does not support the clinical science fields.



Title Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research BAA
Sponsor United States Department of Defense (DOD)
Department of the Air Force (USAF)
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
Agency Deadline Varies – Confirmed / sponsor This announcement remains open until superseded. You may submit proposals at any time; however, some specific topic instructions may recommend submission by specific dates that align with funding expectations.
Amount $200,000 USD
Amount Upper: $2,000,000 USD
Amount Note: Approximately $300 million is anticipated to be available for support of actions awarded under this announcement, subject to availability of funds. Research proposals funded between $200,000 and $400,000 per year are encouraged. Most of our awards are three (3) years in duration. Awards may be proposed for not more than five (5) years.</span>
Abstract Focus is on research areas that offer significant and comprehensive benefits to our national warfighting and peacekeeping capabilities. These areas are organized and managed in two scientific branches:

·         Engineering and Information Sciences (RTA)

·         Physical and Biological Sciences (RTB)

Specific research activities below:

·         Engineering and Complex Systems (RTA1) – Space Propulsion and Power

·         Information and Networks (RTA2) – Computational Mathematics

·         Information and Networks (RTA2) – Optimization and Discrete Mathematics

·         Information and Networks (RTA2) – Dynamics and Control

·         Physical Sciences (RTB1) – Quantum Electronic Solids

·         Physical Sciences (RTB1) – Atomic and Molecular Physics

·         Physical Sciences (RTB1) – Laser and Optical Physics

·         Chemistry and Biological Sciences (RTB2) – Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Microsystems

·         Engineering and Complex Systems (RTA1) – GHz-THz Electronics and Materials

·         Engineering and Complex Systems (RTA1) – Dynamic Materials and Interactions



Title Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)
Sponsor National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR)
Division of Human Resource Development (HRD)
Agency Deadline 13 Dec 2019 – Confirmed / sponsor
Amount Amount Upper: $2,000,000 USD
Amount Note: Estimated Number of Awards: 205-6 new AGEP Transformation Alliances per year, with about 3-4 awardee organizations collaborating in each Alliance, are anticipated pending the availability of funds.Anticipated Funding Amount: $6,000,000 to $8,000,000Pending the availability of funds, a maximum of $2,000,000 for each of 5-6 new AGEP Transformation Alliances is anticipated, with about 3-4 awardee organizations collaborating in each Alliance.</span>
Abstract The Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program seeks to advance knowledge about models to improve pathways to the professoriate and success for historically underrepresented minority doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty, particularly African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders, in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields.  New and innovative models are encouraged, as are models that reproduce and/or replicate existing evidence-based alliances in significantly different disciplines, institutions, and participant cohorts.

The AGEP program goal is to increase the number of historically underrepresented minority faculty, in specific STEM disciplines and STEM education research fields, by advancing knowledge about pathways to career success.  The program objectives include: To support the development, implementation and study of innovative models of doctoral education, postdoctoral training, and faculty advancement for historically underrepresented minorities in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields; and to advance knowledge about the underlying issues, policies and practices that have an impact on the participation, transitions and advancement of historically underrepresented minorities in the STEM academy.

The AGEP Transformation Alliance projects are collaborative research projects representing new strategic alliances of institutions and organizations to develop, implement, and study evidence-based models to transform doctoral education, postdoctoral training, and faculty advancement for historically underrepresented minorities in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields. Embedded social science and education research contributes to the knowledge base about how transformational models eliminate or mitigate negative factors and promote positive policies and practices for historically underrepresented minorities.

AGEP addresses academic workforce development in a broadening participation and institutional capacity building context. Strategic collaborations are encouraged with multiple academic partners, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, professional organizations, government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and other relevant STEM and/or STEM education research organizations.  The AGEP program encourages project leadership by, and partnerships with, all types of minority serving institutions, such as majority minority serving institutions, historically black colleges and universities, high Hispanic enrollment institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and institutions serving native Hawaiians, native Pacific Islanders, and/or Alaskan natives.



Title The Audacious Project
Sponsor Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED)
Agency Deadline Continuous – Confirmed / sponsor We will review every submission on a rolling basis and the link will stay open all year; over time, we may contact a small number of survey responders to submit an application.
Amount $3,000,000 USD
Amount Note: Ideas that are part of The Audacious Project typically have a timeline of three to five years. Past projects have had an annual operating budget of $1 million USD or more. There are no restrictions on the project funding requests. Each budget must be realistic and align with the project activities and proposed timeline.</span>
Abstract Every year, The Audacious Project works with proven change-makers to surface their best, boldest ideas for tackling global problems.

The Audacious Project is an invitation to dream bigger than you ever dared. No idea is too big or too ambitious – we’re looking for ideas that can and must change the world. We believe that the most powerful ideas both inspire and convince.

The big ideas that are part of The Audacious Project vary widely – from global health to ocean exploration to social justice to education. We are currently considering all issue areas, and welcome your thoughts on the pressing problems we should be addressing.