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

NIH Rock Talk Extramural Blog - June 29, 2015 - What are your chances of getting funded?

Science - May 20, 2015 - After 2-year battle, House passes COMPETES Act on mostly party-line vote

Science - April 30,2015 - President’s science adviser attacks COMPETES bill in U.S. House, raises concern about NASA bill

NIH Extramural Nexus - April 2015 - Rock Talk Blog - Including: More ASSISTance Options for Submitting your Application to NIH; Why Do I Need to be Careful Naming the PDF Attachments for My Application?; How Long Can My Application Title Be?; Connecting the What, When, Why, and How of NIH Peer Review.

Science - April 10, 2015 - U.S. agencies fall in line on public access

Press Release - March 18, 2015 - National Science Foundation announces plan for comprehensive public access to research results.
Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF), announced its continued commitment to expand public access to the results of its funded research through the publication of its public access plan, Today's Data, Tomorrow's Discoveries. NSF's public access is intended to accelerate the dissemination of fundamental research results that will advance the frontiers of knowledge and help ensure the nation's future prosperity.

Policy Clarification on the Dual Role of Postdocs and Graduate Students - Dec. 17, 2014 - Yes, you can attend that career event, says the U.S. government

 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.

Sponsored Research Newsletter

July/August 2015

May/June 2015

March/April 2015

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