The Research Development team has compiled a list of resources from external institutions for finding federal funding as well as recordings of events designed by Pitt Research for University faculty. Access the dropdown menu below for these pre-recorded webinars. If you have further questions about a specific funder or opportunity, schedule a meeting with a member of the Research Development team. Additional information about some of these funders is available on our About External Funders page.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The NIH Grants department provides the framework for NIH research administration, ensuring scientific integrity, public accountability, and effective stewardship of the NIH extramural research portfolio. Explore their YouTube channel for webinars and workshops about funding and their policies.
To see more materials from and about the National Institutes of Health, visit the OSP NIH Proposal Development Resources Page. This page features recorded NIH webinars, such as:
- Grant Writing for Success
- Navigating NIH Programs: An Overview
- Understanding K Awards / NRSA "F" Fellowships / Training "T" Grants
Pitt Research Events for Faculty Interested In NIH Funding
The OSP Research Development team is partnering on the presentations with McAllister & Quinn, a DC-based firm that consults on federal and private foundation grant opportunities for higher education clients. Each session will go into detail on strategic approaches to developing critical pieces of a successful NIH application.
Early Stage Investigator Webinar Series: Introducing and Demystifying the NIH:
- Session #1: Intro to the NIH recording
- Session #2: Crafting Compelling Specific Aims recording
- Session #3: Research Strategy/Approach and Ancillary Attachments recording
- Session #4: Review/ Understanding Your Study Section recording
The NIH R25: Where Research and Education Come Together
The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The OSP Research Development team is partnering on these presentations with McAllister & Quinn, a DC-based firm that consults on federal and private foundation grant opportunities for higher education clients. The session will go into detail about the R25 program and share relevant resources and tips for success to guide proposal development.
- National Science Foundation
NSF Online Resources
The NSF Science Foundation Policy Office is responsible for developing, implementing and issuing proposal and award policy for the programs of the National Science Foundation. On their YouTube channel, researchers have access to webinar recordings from NSF Grants Conferences and other Outreach events. Pitt Research: NSF for NIH Investigators
Pitt Research Events for Faculty Interested In NSF Funding
PITT RESEARCH: NSF FOR NIH INVESTIGATORS
If you are considering diversifying your funding portfolio beyond NIH-awarded projects the NSF may be a viable funder for your work. It is essential to understand some key differences between theses agencies and how they structure programs to fund academic researchers. we will look at key differences between the NSF and NIH including how the role of program officers differs at these agencies and framing biomedical and health related science in a basic way for NSF. Presenters share helpful resources to strategically approach a developing proposal responsive to NSF's solicitations.
Pitt Research partnered with McAllister & Quinn, a DC-based consulting firm with expertise in the US federal R&D funding landscape, to deliver this workshop series designed for faculty interested in learning more about the NSF. The series is structured as two, 90 minute interactive presentations with opportunities to develop concepts for early stage feedback.
- Session 1: Introducing Differences Between Agencies (Recording)
- Session 2: Writing a Competitive NSF Research Proposal (Recording)
Early Stage Investigator Webinar Series: NSF CAREER Workshops
Pitt Research: NSF CAREER 2022 Panel Discussions
The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) invites Assistant Professors to participate in a workshop series designed for faculty interested in learning more about the NSF CAREER program. The series is structured as four, one-hour interactive discussions intended to enhance proposal development:
- Session 1: NSF CAREER: 2022 Introductory Workshop (Recording)
- Session 2: NSF CAREER: Education Plans (Recording)
- Session 3: NSF CAREER: Strategy Perspectives from Leadership (Recording)
- Session 4: NSF CAREER: Budgets & Ancillary Documents (Registration)
Pitt Research: NSF CAREER Webinars
The OSP Research Development team has previously partnered with McAllister & Quinn, a DC-based firm that consults on federal and private foundation grant opportunities for higher education clients. Below are the recorded CAREER webinar sessions from 2021:
Session 1: CAREER 101 “Beyond the solicitation” Recording
Session 2: Deep Dive on Education Plans and Broader Impacts. Recording
Session 3: Anatomy of a CAREER Project Summary. Recording
Session 4: NSF CAREER: Budget Preparation. Recording
National Science Foundation CAREER
The NSF have also shared webinars, presentations and other resources on the CAREER program on their program page. In addition, the Frequently Asked Questions site provides useful tips and information regarding CAREER.
For a list of Pitt faculty who have successfully proposed to the CAREER program please see the NSF Awards Search.
- National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
The NEH maintains an official YouTube channel and routinely publishes recently recorded presentations and lectures. In program-specific webinars, NEH officials introduce program application details, describe the review process, discuss review criteria, and offer input on things to avoid. In virtual workshop recordings, NEH program staff discuss grant opportunities, deadlines, and application information.
- Department of Defense
- The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has a YouTube channel with uploads of past conferences and other online events.
- The Office of Naval Research (ONR) YouTube channel contains recordings of ONR webinars and virtual events.
- DARPAtv, DARPA's own YouTube channel, features the Voices from DARPA podcast along with past recordings of symposiums and summits.
Federal Funding: Introducing the Department of Defense
The Department of Defense sponsors several programs that award faculty members from Institutions of Higher Education. The DOD Young Investigator Mission is designed to attract outstanding tenure-track faculty members to: foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the DoD's research programs.
Please contact the Research Development team for resources to support you in preparing a submission to one of these programs.
- Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer
Federal Funding: Introducing SBIR/STTR Programs
SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research)/STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) programs are federally funded programs that provide grants to startups and small businesses to further develop University intellectual property for the purpose of commercialization. The primary goal of the program is to introduce the available SBIR/STTR opportunities to Pitt researchers as a source of research and development funding, as well as to help them become more familiar with the process.
The Innovation Institute, the Office of Sponsored Programs and Pitt consultant, McAllister & Quinn are partnering to deliver an educational program to help inform Pitt stakeholders and local businesses of SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research)/STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) opportunities. Recording