Funding Opportunities

Selected Grant Opportunities

Grants Opportunities Databases:

Many grant opportunities can be found on the following sites. These are some of the major sites that we currently deal with. If you find or have others just give us the appropriate links in an e-mail and we will assist you as required.


NJIT Internal Faculty Grant Opportunities and Competitions

NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) Internal Competition:

Agency: National Science Foundation

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, and not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations.

Limited Number of Submission: Three proposals with at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development

Awards Range: $100,000-$4 million

Expected Submission Deadline: January 13, 2016

Internal Competition: Please submit up to 5 pages pre-proposal white paper to your respective Dean by November 2, 2014 in the following format. College level reviews will be conducted by Deans to forward recommendations for up to 2 re-proposals to the Office of Research and Development. The final selection for submission of NSF proposals will be announced by November 10. 

For More information, please see Research Newsletter and Grant Opportunity Alerts: Issue: ORD-GOA-2015-27.

NJIT Faculty Seed Grant Initiative – 2016-17


NJIT “2020 Vision” strategic plan targets on substantial increase in academic research and external funding with faculty and student professional development. The purpose of the NJIT Faculty Seed Grant (FSG) initiative is to promote academic research in the core and interdisciplinary areas by providing seed funding to obtain preliminary results or establish hypotheses for developing future grant proposals for submission to external funding agencies. The FSG initiative specifically seeks seed funding proposals from faculty to launch new initiatives in core and interdisciplinary emerging areas aligned with NJIT strategic tactics to develop critical research mass.

Eligibility and Type of Awards:

NJIT full-time faculty with specific research initiative to enhance the critical mass in key and emerging areas may apply to FSG program for internal funding with a budget of $7500 per project over the FY17 ending June 30, 2017. Multidisciplinary projects with strong recommendation and justification from College/School Dean will be considered at the funding level of $10,000 subject to availability of funds.

It is expected that 15-20 FSG awards will be made this year.  Funding is arranged through the Offices of Research and College/School Deans.

Recipients of FSG as lead faculty are not eligible to receive another FSG award as lead faculty within three years from the last FSG award. Projects funded by FSG are not eligible to receive another FSG as the intent of internal seed funding is to facilitate initial research towards obtaining external funds to pursue research.

Allowable Expenses include Project supplies and small equipment, travel to conferences and/or funding agencies, travel expenses for funding agency people to visit NJIT, student hourly wages. Faculty summer salary, AY release and any stipend are not permitted in the budget.=


  • CFP Announcement: May 6, 2016

  • FSG Proposal Due in the Office of College/School Dean: September 1, 2016

  • College/School Dean Recommendations to Office of Research: September 10, 2016

  • Announcement of Awards: September 15, 2016

  • Period of Award: October 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017 (no extension will be available)

Review Process and Criterion:

All Proposals will be reviewed within the College/School to which PI is affiliated. College/School Dean will make the recommendation of top ranked proposals based on the reviews from the College/School review committee, which will be forwarded to the Office of Research for further review and discussion with Deans leading to the announcement of awards.

Review criterion primarily includes the scientific merit of the proposal, and potential of external funding. Additional criterion includes significance of project goals, fit to the NJIT strategic research clusters and emerging trends towards developing critical mass in key areas, justification of internal funding, expected outcomes, and faculty expertise.

Other Requirements

Faculty receiving FSG awards will submit a full proposal to external funding agencies within six months from the end date of the award. They will also participate in the NJIT Faculty Research Showcase and Panel Discussion events in Spring semester.

FSG Proposal Format:

Maximum page limit of the main proposal is 5 pages with single spaced 12 point font size not including the cover sheet. In addition up to 2 pages of biographical sketch and 1 page of current and pending support are required for PI and each investigator. Please see the proposal format guidelines below.

The main proposal should have the following sections:

  1. Cover Sheet:
    Title of the Project
    Principal and Co-Principal Investigators
    Date Submitted
    PI and Co-PI (if multiple investigators) Signatures
  2. Abstract (Maximum 250 words; Non-IP for public dissemination):
    (Please summarize briefly on):
    1. Project Goal(s)
    2. Significance
    3. Expected Outcomes
    4. Justification of Internal Funding
  3. Specific Objectives
  4. Methods and Procedures
  5. Evaluation and Deliverables
  6. Future Plans
    (Describe how the project funding with the deliverables will help in future proposal submissions and enhancing the research synergy at NJIT)
  7. Justification of Internal Funding
    (Describe what other funds are available and why additional internal funding is needed)
  8. Budget and Budget Justification
  9. Short References (as needed)

Appendix (for PI and each Co-PI/Investigator):

  1. PI Biographical Sketch (NSF/NIH or Federal Agency Format; up to 2 pages)
  2. Other Grant Support (summarize specific project goal(s) for each grant and any overlap with this proposal)

2016 Rutgers BHI-RUN-NJIT Pilot Grants in Neuroscience - Details for Application and Review

We are pleased to announce the 2016 pilot grants program in neuroscience at Rutgers University. There are two main objectives of these pilot awards program: (i) to foster new collaborative, interdisciplinary research in the neurosciences not only across Rutgers but also NJIT, Kessler Foundation Research Center, East Orange VA Medical Center, and (ii) support pilot experiments that will lead to sustained funding from an external agency (e.g., NIH). There are two categories of pilot grants available; each award is limited to $40,000 direct costs and no indirect costs or overhead are allowed. For both type of pilots, collaborative multidisciplinary efforts are encouraged. The deadline for these applications is 5 PM Tuesday, September 6th, 2016. The two categories of awards are:

  1. Translational neuroscience awards – these must address disease mechanisms, focusing on diagnosis, tools or treatments that involve animal models, clinical studies, or basic neuroscience relevant to a future clinical application. The clinical relevance must be clearly described in the Research Plan. These pilots require at least 2 faculty Co-PIs with appointments from different Schools across Rutgers. Formation of teams that integrate basic and clinical themes with a vision of a future translational impact will have preference. Six translational pilots are available and are funded by the BHI. Four out of the six BHI-funded pilot awards will only be for applications submitted by faculty co-PIs from RU-New Brunswick and RBHS. The other two can include co-PIs from RUN and NJIT.
  2. Basic neuroscience awards – These can include a focus on more basic neural mechanisms, or focus on translational neuroscience experiments involving an animal model or clinical studies. These Basic awards must include at least 2 Co-PIs, no more than one of which can be a faculty member at RUN (Four awards funded by the RUN Strategic plan fund), or at NJIT (One award funded by NJIT).


All applications should be formatted as an R21 NIH style application (1 page Specific Aims and 6 pages for the Research Plan). Also include Literature Cited, Budget, Budget Justification, NIH Biosketches for all Key Personnel/Co-PIs, and Resources and Environment). Within the Research Plan under the Innovation section please describe explicitly how the pilot funding will promote new collaborations and/or new projects. Indicate one or more extramural funding agencies that you plan to target with the current or an expanded version of the proposal (for NIH grants, indicating study sections that could potentially review your proposal would also be helpful).  The application should be single-spaced, use font/size Arial 11 with 0.5 inch page margins. Funded applicants from last year seeking a second year of funding must include in addition a 1 page Introduction that gives a report of progress made in Year 1, grants and papers submitted as well as a clear justification for the need of second year of funding.  Applicants will need to submit the Rutgers Endorsement form at submission and be compliant with the University’s eFCOI requirements. IRB and IACUC approvals will need to be submitted using the Just-In-Time (JIT) approach. These forms and approvals are not required at the time of initial grant application submission on September 6th; however, awardees will have to submit these items before the funds from the grant award are disbursed.  We anticipate that the award announcement will be made in November 2016. It is recommended that the applicants prepare and submit the IACUC/IRB applications associated with the pilot grant project well in advance, to the appropriate institutional committees, in order to get these approvals in a timely-fashion.

Please note-the pilot award funds cannot be used for PI and co-PI salaries.  Pilot funds can be budgeted for post-doc, student and research technician stipends and salaries. Purchase of equipment costing more than $5000 needs to be well-justified in the budget. Funds budgeted for purchase of equipment costing more than $5000 have to be encumbered by June 30th, 2017.  All applications must include the Cover page (Title, co-PI’s, institutions, etc.) accompanying this announcement. The application should be combined into one PDF document with the Cover page in the front. Submit the SINGLE PDF file to 5 PM Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

All grants will undergo a dual stage review process, organized by the Brain Health Institute in collaboration with RUN and NJIT. They will have an initial external review to judge scientific quality and assign a priority score by external reviewers (similar to NIH study section review). They then will be reviewed by an internal committee (similar to an NIH Council Review) to allocate funds consistent with the long-term strategies for developing neuroscience research at Rutgers and NJIT and the source of pilot funds. One main factor in determining funding will be perceived likelihood that the pilot data generated will lead to external funding.

All pilot awardees will be required to submit a final progress report within 2 months of the end of the award. This report will include publications and grant applications submitted, as well as results obtained and significance of those results. One PI also will be required to orally present results of the studies at the Annual BHI symposium.

Awards will be announced by end of November 2016. Additional pilot funding may be available next year; successful applicants from this round can apply for a second year of funding at that point but will compete with new applications as well.

Please contact Gary Aston-Jones or Eldo Kuzhikandathil (, Nabil Adam ( or Atam P Dhawan ( with questions.

Gary Aston-Jones, Ph.D.,
Director, Brain Health Institute
Rutgers University/Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

Nabil Adam, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Research & Collaborations and Founding Director
Rutgers Institute for Data Science, Learning, and Applications, Rutgers University-Newark

Atam P Dhawan, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Research and Development
New Jersey Institute of Technology