The National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a very popular source of external funding not only at UWG,
but at scientific research facilities across the United States. The following are NSF-specific documents that will aid you in the application process.

NSF Toolbox:

Corporate, Foundation and Nonprofit Support:

Non-Federal Source Toolbox:

  • Determining Gift vs. Grant
    Determining Gift vs. Grant

    Determining whether external funding should be processed through the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) or the UWG Foundation depends on many variables, including the kind of sponsor/donor (federal, non-federal, private), purpose or type of activity, and the sponsor/donor intent. Some determinations are easy: all federal grants are administered through ORSP. Others are less obvious and may require involvement by both entities. Please refer to the characteristics listed in the Gift vs. Grant Document to determine whether funds provided by a corporate or foundation sponsor should be processed through ORSP or the UWG Foundation.

    Note that the existence of one characteristic alone is likely not sufficient to make a determination. Moreover, the characteristics of both sponsored projects and gifts will oftentimes apply to the same award. For these reasons, multiple factors should be considered in making an assessment of how to proceed. A sound judgment based on the preponderance of applicable characteristics should determine which office handles the funds. In general, ORSP will process and engage Sponsored Programs in the management of awards with budget, confidentiality, intellectual property or compliance factors (e.g., human subjects and animal research), aspects of which require the sophisticated tracking and review tools built into the research enterprise (e.g., effort allocation, IRB, etc.).

    ORSP and the UWG Foundation work together to assist the University community to correctly identify the administrative avenue most appropriate for processing and oversight, per the terms and conditions of the funding. When considering applying for corporate or foundation support which will be processed through the UWG Foundation or ORSP, any relevant documentation should be reviewed by ORSP for a determination.

  • Funding Sources
    Funding Sources:
    Source Description Listserv

    GrantSpace/Foundation Center

    Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants. http://grantspace.org/user/register

    Philanthropy News Digest

    Philanthropy News Digest (PND) a daily news service of the Foundation Center, is a compendium, in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide. Philanthropy News Digest offers daily news, job, and RFP e-alerts customized by subject and/or geographic location and four e-newsletters: Philanthropy News Digest (Tuesdays), Job Bulletin (Thursdays), RFP Bulletin (Fridays), and Connections (monthly). http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/user/register

    Ford Foundation

    The Ford Foundation’s mission has sought to reduce poverty and injustice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. http://www.fordfound.org/e-mail-updates/

    William T. Grant Foundation

    The William T. Grant Foundation invests in high-quality research focused on reducing inequality and improving the use of research evidence in decisions that affect young people in the United States. Sign up on the bottom of their homepage for updates.

    Honda Foundation

    The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. We support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment.  

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health.  

    http://www.rwjf.org/en/manage-your-subscriptions.html

    Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

    The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. To this end, it supports exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work. The Foundation makes grants in five core program areas: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities; Arts and Cultural Heritage; Diversity; Scholarly Communications; and International Higher Education and Strategic Projects. Sign up on the bottom of their homepage for updates.
     

    Russell Sage Foundation

    The Russell Sage Foundation is the principal American Foundation devoted exclusively to research in the social sciences. Currently, the Foundation dedicates itself exclusively to strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences as a means of improving social policies.  http://www.russellsage.org/about/get-updates 

    Alfred P. Sloan

    Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a not-for-profit grantmaking institution that supports high quality, impartial scientific research; fosters a robust, diverse scientific workforce; strengthens public understanding and engagement with science; and promotes the health of the institutions of scientific endeavor.  

    Spencer Foundation

    The Spencer Foundation is intended, by Spencer's direction, to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world.  

    Community Foundation of West Georgia 

    The Community Foundation of West Georgia partners with local non-profit organizations, individuals and companies, to increase opportunities to serve those in need, to beautify and to enhance the quality of life for the people of Carroll, Haralson and Heard Counties.  

    Georgia Transportation Institute

    The Georgia Transportation Institute (GTI) was established in 1998 to coordinate and act as a focal point for transportation research in the state of Georgia. The lead institution, Georgia Institute of Technology, is affiliated with other members including University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, University of West Georgia, Savannah State University, Mercer University, and Albany State University. Researchers affiliated with GTI are active in research on a broad range of topics including policy and planning, environmental issues, transportation technology, transportation infrastructure, and traffic operations. Sign up on the bottom of their homepage for updates.

    Georgia Humanities Council

    Georgia Humanities supports the efforts of nonprofit organizations seeking to foster connections between people and ideas. Through a competitive process, we award grants to such cultural, civic, and educational entities as museums, libraries, universities, and historical societies for a range of projects, including walking tours, exhibitions, author talks, lecture series, and literary festivals. Sign up on the bottom of their homepage for updates.

    MacArthur Foundation / MacArthur Research Networks

    Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories. Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring together scientists preferably from different disciplines (e.g. from chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering) to focus on problems in the life sciences. The research teams must be international. The principal applicant must be from one of the eligible countries. However, other participating scientists and laboratories may be situated anywhere in the world. http://www.hfsp.org/newsletter/

    Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) Scialog Program

    Scialog® seeks to accelerate the work of 21st-century transformational science through funding research, intensive dialog and community building. Scialog has been conceived as a research grant program emphasizing annual meetings and the opportunity, encouragement and expectation to form cross-disciplinary teams.  

    Burroughs Wellcome Fund

    The Burroughs Wellcome Fund's grantmaking strategies support biomedical scientists at the beginning of their careers and areas of science that are poised for significant advancement but are currently undervalued and underfunded. https://www.bwfund.org/newsroom

    Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)

    Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories. Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring together scientists preferably from different disciplines (e.g. from chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering) to focus on problems in the life sciences. The research teams must be international. The principal applicant must be from one of the eligible countries. However, other participating scientists and laboratories may be situated anywhere in the world. http://www.hfsp.org/newsletter/
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      GrantSpace/Foundation Center


      Description: Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants.
      Listserv: http://grantspace.org/user/register

    • Source:

      Philanthropy News Digest


      Description: Philanthropy News Digest (PND) a daily news service of the Foundation Center, is a compendium, in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide. Philanthropy News Digest offers daily news, job, and RFP e-alerts customized by subject and/or geographic location and four e-newsletters: Philanthropy News Digest (Tuesdays), Job Bulletin (Thursdays), RFP Bulletin (Fridays), and Connections (monthly).
      Listserv: http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/user/register

    • Source:

      Ford Foundation


      Description: The Ford Foundation’s mission has sought to reduce poverty and injustice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement.
      Listserv: http://www.fordfound.org/e-mail-updates/

    • Source:

      William T. Grant Foundation


      Description: The William T. Grant Foundation invests in high-quality research focused on reducing inequality and improving the use of research evidence in decisions that affect young people in the United States.
      Listserv: Sign up on the bottom of their homepage for updates.

    • Source:

      Honda Foundation


      Description: The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. We support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment.
      Listserv:  

    • Source:

      Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


      Description: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health.
      Listserv:  

      http://www.rwjf.org/en/manage-your-subscriptions.html


    • Source:

      Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


      Description: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. To this end, it supports exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work. The Foundation makes grants in five core program areas: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities; Arts and Cultural Heritage; Diversity; Scholarly Communications; and International Higher Education and Strategic Projects.
      Listserv: Sign up on the bottom of their homepage for updates.

    • Source:  

      Russell Sage Foundation


      Description: The Russell Sage Foundation is the principal American Foundation devoted exclusively to research in the social sciences. Currently, the Foundation dedicates itself exclusively to strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences as a means of improving social policies.
      Listserv:  http://www.russellsage.org/about/get-updates 

    • Source:

      Alfred P. Sloan


      Description: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a not-for-profit grantmaking institution that supports high quality, impartial scientific research; fosters a robust, diverse scientific workforce; strengthens public understanding and engagement with science; and promotes the health of the institutions of scientific endeavor.
      Listserv:  

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      Spencer Foundation


      Description: The Spencer Foundation is intended, by Spencer's direction, to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world.
      Listserv:  

    • Source:

      Community Foundation of West Georgia 


      Description: The Community Foundation of West Georgia partners with local non-profit organizations, individuals and companies, to increase opportunities to serve those in need, to beautify and to enhance the quality of life for the people of Carroll, Haralson and Heard Counties.
      Listserv:  

    • Source:

      Georgia Transportation Institute


      Description: The Georgia Transportation Institute (GTI) was established in 1998 to coordinate and act as a focal point for transportation research in the state of Georgia. The lead institution, Georgia Institute of Technology, is affiliated with other members including University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, University of West Georgia, Savannah State University, Mercer University, and Albany State University. Researchers affiliated with GTI are active in research on a broad range of topics including policy and planning, environmental issues, transportation technology, transportation infrastructure, and traffic operations.
      Listserv: Sign up on the bottom of their homepage for updates.

    • Source:

      Georgia Humanities Council


      Description: Georgia Humanities supports the efforts of nonprofit organizations seeking to foster connections between people and ideas. Through a competitive process, we award grants to such cultural, civic, and educational entities as museums, libraries, universities, and historical societies for a range of projects, including walking tours, exhibitions, author talks, lecture series, and literary festivals.
      Listserv: Sign up on the bottom of their homepage for updates.

    • Source:

      MacArthur Foundation / MacArthur Research Networks


      Description: Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories. Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring together scientists preferably from different disciplines (e.g. from chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering) to focus on problems in the life sciences. The research teams must be international. The principal applicant must be from one of the eligible countries. However, other participating scientists and laboratories may be situated anywhere in the world.
      Listserv: http://www.hfsp.org/newsletter/

    • Source:

      Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) Scialog Program


      Description: Scialog® seeks to accelerate the work of 21st-century transformational science through funding research, intensive dialog and community building. Scialog has been conceived as a research grant program emphasizing annual meetings and the opportunity, encouragement and expectation to form cross-disciplinary teams.
      Listserv:  

    • Source:

      Burroughs Wellcome Fund


      Description: The Burroughs Wellcome Fund's grantmaking strategies support biomedical scientists at the beginning of their careers and areas of science that are poised for significant advancement but are currently undervalued and underfunded.
      Listserv: https://www.bwfund.org/newsroom

    • Source:

      Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)


      Description: Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories. Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring together scientists preferably from different disciplines (e.g. from chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering) to focus on problems in the life sciences. The research teams must be international. The principal applicant must be from one of the eligible countries. However, other participating scientists and laboratories may be situated anywhere in the world.
      Listserv: http://www.hfsp.org/newsletter/