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.

NSF: Chemical Synthesis [PD-09-6878]

The Chemical Synthesis program focuses on the development of new, efficient synthetic methodologies and on the synthesis of complex and/or challenging molecules. Typical synthetic targets involve novel structures, structures displaying unique properties, or structures providing pathways to discover and elucidate new phenomena.

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 [2016-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.

DOD: FY 11-16 Basic Research for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction [HDTRA1-11-16-BRCWMD-BAA]

This BAA is focused on soliciting basic research projects that support the DTRA mission to safeguard America and its allies from WMD.

DOE: SBIR and STTR Programs-- Multiple nanotechnology solicitations

There are multiple solicitations related to nanotechnology through the following DOE offices: Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research; Office of Fusion Energy Sciences; Office of Basic Energy Sciences; Office of High Energy Physics; Office of Biological and Environmental Research; Office of Nuclear Physics; and the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation.

DOE SBIR FY 2017: Atomically Precise Membranes

This subtopic is focused on the advancement of manufacturing processes that are able to produce atomically precise membranes with exceptional selectivity for separations.

NSF: Energy for Sustainability [PD 15-7644]

This program supports fundamental research and education that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and transportation fuels.