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Private Foundations and Funds

Helene Fuld Health Trust
Supports and promotes the health, welfare, and education of student nurses. Financial aid for underprivileged students studying Nursing.

William T. Grant Foundation
Funds research in health, social and behavioral sciences; funds programs advocating youth empowerment, leadership development and civic participation.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Concentrates on four areas: assuring access to quality health services for all Americans at reasonable cost; improving quality of care and support for people with chronic health conditions; promoting healthy communities and lifestyles; and reducing the harm caused by substance abuse - tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs.

Sloan Foundation
The foundation is interested in: 1) Science and Technology: direct support of research; 2) Standard of Living, and Economic Performance: industries, dual-career middle-class working families, the role of corporations and nonprofit sectors; and 3) Education and Careers in Science and Technology: anywhere, anytime learning, minorities and women in science and technology, the university as a system, and public understanding of science and technology.

State and Federal Funds

Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Funds a variety of programs. An overview of the current program descriptions are at and funding opportunities are listed at

Department of Health and Human Services
The Department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities. Some highlights include:

  • Health and social science research
  • Preventing disease, including immunization services
  • Assuring food and drug safety
  • Medicare (health insurance for elderly and disabled Americans) and Medicaid (health insurance for low-income people)
  • Health information technology
  • Financial assistance and services for low-income families
  • Improving maternal and infant health
  • Head Start (pre-school education and services)
  • Faith-based and community initiatives

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Works to develop and enforce regulations that implement environmental laws enacted by Congress.  EPA provides research grants and graduate fellowships and supports environmental education projects that enhance the public's awareness, knowledge, and skills to make informed decisions that affect environmental quality.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH funds grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts that support the advancement of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems to meet the NIH mission of extending healthy life and reducing the burdens of illness and disability.  While NIH awards many grants specifically for research, they also provide grant opportunities that support research-related activities, including: construction, training, career development, conferences, resource grants and more. 

National Science Foundation
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) seeks to increase the number of students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) receiving associate or baccalaureate degrees in established or emerging fields within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The EPSCOR Research Infrastructure Improvement Grant Program promotes scientific progress nationwide. It is directed to those jurisdictions that have historically received lesser amounts of NSF research and development funding; NH is one of these jurisdictions. No matching funds required. The program supports collaborative research between undergraduate and research institutions and also collaboratives between state universities and undergraduate institutions.

NSF Division of Undergraduate Education "Fosters connections by facilitating communication across disciplinary boundaries, across all educational levels and between academia, industry, and professional societies; encouraging faculty to combine teaching and discipline-based research; and collaborating with research communities and with NSF research directorates." DUE supports the following programs and activities

  • Advanced Technological Education
  • Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Scholarships
  • Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (which includes the Assessment of Student Achievement)
  • Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service
  • NSF Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars
  • National Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Digital Library
  • Robert Noyce Scholarship Program
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program
  • Teacher Professional Continuum

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