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Federal and State Agencies

The first step in developing a proposal is learning about the missions of the various funding agencies and the mechanisms they use to fund research and education projects. Some agencies, such as the NSF, NIH, NASA, NOAA, EPA and Agriculture fund basic science and engineering research, while others, like the Department of Education,  Health & Human Services Departments of Energy, Interior, Commerce and Defense tend to fund focused, mission-oriented programs designed to solve particular social or agency needs. Links to many of these agencies can be found below.

Unsolicited and Solicited Proposals

Some agencies accept investigator initiated unsolicited proposals as well as proposals solicited through:

  • Requests For Proposal (RFP)
  • Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
  • Program Announcement (PA)
  • Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)
  • Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
  • Letters of Inquiry (LOI)


Like mission–oriented federal and state funding agencies, many private foundations also provide funding support to researchers to assist the foundation in carrying out its mission.

  • The Foundation Center provides information about foundation funding opportunities, as well as a number of useful resources for proposal development.
Federal Agencies

There are several federal agencies that provide more than $100 million annually for mission–oriented research and development programs. Each agency has a unique mission related to its primary governmental function. Click on the links below to learn more about research opportunities with these agencies. If you don’t see the agency you believe will support your project best, you might also want to check, which curates the funding opportunities from most federal agencies.

New Jersey

Some the State of New Jersey governmental agencies also fund mission-oriented research projects.  Click on the links below to learn more about research opportunities with these agencies.