Government Funding for Economic Research

Where to Apply
The AEAweb provides information on funding for economists and news on recent funding developments of particular interest to economists. Information on grants for economic research is also available at the AEA’s Resources for Economists Jobs, Grants, Grad School & Advice. is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards. The Department of Health and Human Services is the program’s managing partner, and allows access to the 26 federal grant-making agencies available through this convenient E-Government initiative. All discretionary grants offered by these agencies can be found on You can go here to find and apply for these grant opportunities.

Advice on How to Apply
Postcards from the NSF, by Matthew O. Jackson and Laura Razzolini (a guide to applying for research funding from the NSF).

The National Institutes of Health provide information on New and Early Stage Investigator Policies. The National Institute of Aging Division of Behavioral and Social Research Links to Useful Websites addresses questions frequently asked by social scientists.

Research Projects and Research Proposals: A Guide for Scientists Seeking Funding, by Paul G. Chapin (book available from Cambridge University Press)

Important Funding Opportunities
We provide additional information on the government programs that provide the most external funding for academic economic research:




2011 NIH Director's Award Programs:

Transformative Research Projects Award Program Announcing funding for Transformative Research Projects (T-R01) Award Program:

The deadline for submitting Transformative Research Project applications is October 27, 2010 with Letters of Intent due by September 27, 2010.  See the instructions in the RFA (RFA-RM-10-010).  Additional information, including Frequently Asked Questions about the Transformative Research Projects Program is available at: Send questions to

Pioneer Awards and New Innovator Awards for innovative approaches to major challenges in biomedical or behavioral research.

Pioneer Awards:

New Innovator Awards:

The deadline for submitting Pioneer Award applications is September 13, 2010. See the instructions in the RFA (RFA-RM-10-008) and for more information. Send questions to

The deadline for submitting New Innovator Award applications is September 20, 2010. See the instructions in the RFA (RFA-RM-10-009) and for more information. Send questions to

The NIH Common Fund (formerly the NIH Roadmap) encourages collaboration and supports a series of exceptionally high impact, trans-NIH programs. These programs are supported by the Common Fund, and managed by the NIH Office of the Director in partnership with the various NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices. Additional information about the NIH Common Fund can be found at

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