Santa Fe Institute

Sponsored Research

Welcome to the Sponsored Research webpage of the Santa Fe Institute.  This page is designed as a resource for SFI researchers (both resident and external), who are considering submission of a research proposal to a federal agency or private foundation, and contains information on proposal writing, links to sponsors, and upcoming deadlines.  Please don't hesitate to contact or anytime for a consultation about project development.  Whether you want to know about guidelines or deadlines, making agency contacts, or writing competitive proposals, we stand ready to help!  From time-to-time we will offer informal workshops on proposal preparation and development.

News Updates

2016 Regional NIH seminar will be held in Chicago, IL (October 26-28) (Registration is now open).

NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog – March 16, 2016 – Application and Funding Trends

CITI Program - March 2016 Newsletter – March 15, 2016 – New Human Subjects Research Modules: Advanced Issues in Informed Consent.  SFI has added these supplemental modules to the courses available from the CITI Program: Consent in the 21st Century and Consent Tools Used by Researchers.  These are part of the Social-Behavioral-Educational Researchers Basic Course.  Check out today!  Sign up or Login here. (These are supplemental modules and not for credit.)

NIH Extramural Nexus – March14, 2016 – FY2015 by the Numbers, and a Quick Look at Recent Trends

New York Times Sunday Review – March 12, 2016 – Should All Research Papers Be Free?

Science - March 4, 2016 - NSF makes a new bid to boost diversity (Summary).  Read the full article here.

Sponsored Research News Archive

Profile of SFI Funding

Proposal Writing Resources

National Science Foundation

National Institutes of Health

Proposal Writing Tips (170.1 KB)

Contents of a Typical Proposal (200.5 KB)

Proposal Writing Articles

The Foundation Center

Council on Foundations

The Grantsmanship Center

The Art of Writing Proposals (83.7 KB)

    - by Adam Przeworski and Frank Salomon




Current and Pending Support (CPS)

Letter of Support (outside SFI)

Sample of Letter of Intent (LOI)

Other Resources

NSF Merit Review Process and Research Proposal Preparation” Video presented by Edward J. Hackett, Director of the Division of Social and Economic Sciences Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences


The Sponsored Research Office is supported by , Director; , Grants Analyst; and , Manager, Office of the Vice President for Science.

Post-award Project Management Information

Research Involving Human Subjects

UNM Office of Institutional Review Board (acts as SFI's IRB)

Research Compliance Training

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) (Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), Human Subjects, Research Misconduct, Conflict of Interest, etc.)

SFI Policies

Alert Services

You can sign up for funding opportunity alert services for federal agencies and most private foundations based on your research areas of interest.  Below are two examples. - All Government Agencies

NSF Updates