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

American Institute of Physics – October 23, 2015 - Senators Drafting America COMPETES Bill, Seek Further Input From Science Community. Senators Cory Gardner and Gary Peters, in charge of drafting the Senate version of the America COMPETES bill, are seeking further input from the science community on STEM education/workforce issues and research commercialization and technology transfer.

Background:  U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation – October 20, 2015 – Press Release: Gardner and Peters Continue Efforts to Strengthen American R&D Policy, Competitiveness

Vanderbilt News – October 19, 2015 - Study estimates cost of regulatory compliance at 13 colleges and universities

Thompson Funding Attractions – October 15, 2015 - Sneak Preview: COFAR Updates FAQ on Uniform Grant Guidance

National Science Foundation – October 15, 2015 - A new proposal and award policies and procedures guide will be implemented for all proposals submitted on or after January 25, 2016 NSF 16-1 Look here for a list of the Significant Changes and Clarifications.

Federal Register – October 14, 2015 – A notice by the National Science Foundation - Request for Public Comment on Updated Research Terms and Conditions by December 14, 2015.

October 13, 2015 - NIH & AHRQ Announce Upcoming Changes to Policies, Instructions and Forms for 2016 Grant Applications Notice Number: NOT-OD-16-004

NIH – October 13, 2015 - Simplification of the Vertebrate Animals Section of NIH Grant Applications and Contract Proposals. Notice Number: NOT-OD-16-006

ScienceInsider – October 8, 2015 – NSF peer review remains target for Congress

Thompson – October 4, 2015 – Sneak Preview: 2 C.F.R. 180 Addresses Administrative Agreements

Government Executive – October 2, 2015 - The Shutdown Was Avoided, But Agencies Can't Exactly Celebrate

 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