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

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


NIH RockTalk Blog - Oct. 10, 2014 - Defining the Dual Role of Graduate Students and Postdocs Supported by Research Grants

ScienceInsider - Oct. 6, 2014 - Updated: Fountain of youth: A congressman's plan to make NIH grantees younger

New York Times op-ed - Oct. 2, 2014 - Young, Brilliant and Underfunded

NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - Sept. 26, 2014 - Update on Proposed Pilot to Support NIGMS Investigators’ Overall Research Programs


September 29, 2014 - The National Science Foundation is a partner in President Obama's "Brain Research Accelerated by Innovative Neurotechnologies" ("BRAIN") Initiative.  As a part of the BRAIN Initiative, NSF intends to support an Ideas lab, an intensive workshop focused on finding innovative solutions to Grand Challenge problems in FY2015.  Please read the related Notice: Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) - Intent to support an Ideas Lab on multiscale integration of brain activity and structure with brain function using predictive theoretical models and innovative experimental methodology.

May 30, 2014 - Important Notice to Presidents of Universities and Colleges and Heads of Other National Science Foundation Awardee Organizations: NSF Abstracts and Titles- Notice 136 clarifies NSF policy on improving Abstracts and Titles for public understanding of funding and alignment with the national interest .

May 21, 2014 - NSF video tutorial on's new citation capture feature in annual and final project reports - This tutorial walks awardees through the creation and uploading process of a BibTeX file to a project report via  Visit the Project Reporting page or go directly to the video here .


April 2, 2014 - Office of Research Integrity and the Office for Human Research Protections release online interactive video for teaching researchers about protecting research subjects and avoiding research misconduct.  This video, "The Research Clinic," is available at: .

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 - NIH

Responsible Conduct of Research - NSF

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

Grant-Related 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