Current Solicitations

Below is a list of current grant solicitations in the area of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Additionally, some Federal agencies have specific web pages for nanotechnology funding opportunities. You can also find a variety of Government programs on our Funding Opportunities page.

This page is updated weekly, but for a full list of all available Federal grants visit, as well as Fed Biz As a note, solicitations are often worded generally and the technological tools to be employed, whether micro-, nano- or macro-scale, are not specified. Looking broadly into areas of interest—for instance, toxin removal or semiconducting materials—is often the best approach.  Dates below are deadline dates.

DOE: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) FY 2016 Phase I Release 2 [DE-FOA-0000782]

Phase I is to evaluate, insofar as possible, the scientific or technical merit and feasibility of ideas that appear to have commercial potential and/or substantial application in support of DOE mission research. The grant application should concentrate on research that will contribute to proving scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept.

DOD: Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (BAA-AFOSR-2014-0001)

AFOSR plans, coordinates, and executes the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) basic research program in response to technical guidance from AFRL and requirements of the Air Force; fosters, supports, and conducts research within Air Force, university, and industry laboratories; and ensures transition of research results to support U.S. Air Force needs.

DOD: 2015 Broad Agency Announcement Engineer Research and Development Center (W912HZ-15-BAA-01)

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for various research and development topic areas.

NSF: Scalable Nanomanufacturing

This program is in response to and is a component of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Signature Initiative: Sustainable Nanomanufacturing - Creating the Industries of the Future.


his BAA’s primary objective is to attract outstanding researchers and scholars who will investigate topics of interest to the security studies community. Investigations and research will focus on expanding knowledge related to countering weapons of mass destruction and weapons of mass effect (WMD/WME).

Omnibus solicitation for NIH, CDC, FDA, and ACF SBIR and STTR Grant Applications

The research topics shown in this solicitation represent program areas that may be of interest to applicant small business concerns in the development of projects that have potential for commercialization. Small business concerns are encouraged to submit SBIR/STTR grant applications in these areas.

NIH: Development of Appropriate Pediatric Formulations and Pediatric Drug Delivery Systems [PAR-13-325]

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to address different and complementary research needs for the development and acceptability of pediatric drug formulations in different age groups.

DoD: Fundamental Research to Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction [HDTRA1-09-14-FRCWMD-BAA]

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) safeguards America and its allies from weapons of mass destruction and provides capabilities to reduce, eliminate and counter the threat and effects from chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high yield explosives.

NIST: Measurement Science and Engineering Research Grants Programs [2015-NIST-MSE-01]

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announces programs that are soliciting applications for financial assistance for FY 2016.

NSF: FY 2016 Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) Funding Opportunity [15-108]

NSF aims to specifically focus on advancing knowledge of the nitrogen and phosphorus cycles; the production and use of fertilizers for food production; and the detection, separation, and reclamation/recycling of nitrogen- and phosphorus-containing species in and from complex aqueous environments.