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NDSU's Strategic Research Priorities

Three Grand Challenge Themes

NDSU's proposed vision for research and discovery centers on three Grand Challenges; these areas of focus leverage current and emerging strengths of NDSU researchers and align the university with the needs of the state, the nation, and the world. In parallel, this vision is broad enough to include the artistic,environmental, health, social, cultural and technological aspects of challenges that are global in nature and must be addressed in this century.

The themes look inward to the strength of the campus community while simultaneously positioning the university to increase and accelerate outward economic development and outreach across the State. NDSU will strategically invest in faculty and staff hires with the intent of achieving national and international recognition as a premier public Research University, committed to solving complex and evolving Grand Challenges in the interdisciplinary areas of

  • Food Systems and Security
  • Healthy Populations and Vital Communities
  • Sustainable Energy, Environmental and Societal Infrastructur

See sampling of grants available in grand challenge areas >

See also: Technology and the Future of Cities - by President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)

Early Career Faculty and New Investigator Programs

Federal Funding

Federal Funding Priorities

Federal agencies must align grant programs with identified priority topic areas for each fiscal year.  Grant applicants are advised to pay particular attention to these priority topic areas in their grant proposals, as it will affect the likelihood of receiving federal funding.

Science and Technology Priorities for the FY2017 Budget: From the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

Department of Defense (DOD)

Department of Education (DoED)

Department of Energy (DOE)

Fellowships, Awards, and Honors

Are you interested in applying for or nominating someone for a fellowship or award?

For examples of possible fellowships, awards, and honors, see the National Academies webpage for discipline-specific lists in the arts and humanities, social sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and life sciences.

Foundation Funding

Interested in exploring funding from private foundations?

The Office of Research and Creative Activity has a professional level subscription to Foundation Directory Online. This subscription allows us to search more than 140,000 grantmakers that include community foundations, company-sponsored foundations, corporate giving programs, government-linked foundations, non-governmental organizations, operating foundations and public charities.  

The subscription allows us to search by following criteria:

The directory provides contact information, access to Form 990s, background information on the organization, program areas and fields of interest.  The Professional level subscription also includes the ability to search funded grants and information on the foundations giving for the last five years by subject, geography of recipients, and grant amounts.

This is a limited license so searches will need to be coordinated by emailing Research Development staff at 


You can also make use of these other resources from the Foundation Center, which do not require an account for access:

Highlighted Grant Programs, by Month

January application deadlines

*LOI means 'Letter of Intent'

February application deadlines

  • AHA Collaborative Sciences Award - full applications due
  • NSF Research Traineeship Program (NRT) (LOI* due in Dec) (limited submission)
  • NIH R01Research Project Grants (standard due dates Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5)
  • NIH R03Small Grants (standard due dates Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16)
  • NIH R15Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) (standard due dates  Feb. 25, June 25, Oct. 25)
  • NIH R21Exploratory/Developmental Research Grants (standard due dates Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16)

*LOI means 'Letter of Intent'

April application deadlines


May application deadlines

June application deadlines

August application deadlines

September application deadlines

*LOI means 'Letter of Intent'

October application deadlines

November application deadlines

*LOI means 'Letter of Intent'

December application deadlines

*LOI means 'Letter of Intent'

Limited Submission Grant Programs

North Dakota and Minnesota Grant Opportunities

Agencies or organizations that have funded projects in ND or MN

Online Funding Searches

A number of online resources offer FREE funding searches.

PIVOT by ProQuest

A Subscription-Based Online Search System

Image of the "pivot" logo Pivot is a web-based service that provides grant searches and searchable scholar profiles to NDSU employees and students seeking grant opportunities. Access from off campus requires log-in. Click HERE to learn more about Pivot.

Link your ORCID ID to Pivot to auto-populate publications

       Get Your Unique Research Identifier

ORCID® (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an open, non-profit effort that aims to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communication by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers.

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that follows you throughout your career and distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports linkages between you and your professional activities, ensuring that all your work is recognized.

To register for your free unique research identifier, go to You can enhance your ORCID record with your professional information and link to your other identifiers, such as Scopus or ResearcherID or LinkedIn.  Include your ORCID identifier on your Webpage, when you submit publications, apply for grants, and in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work.

Your expertise profile in Pivot includes a field for your ORCID number and integrates with that system, improving the accuracy of profiles in Pivot.  Users should set a permission flag within their ORCID account which will enable continuous auto-flow of publication data from their ORCID account to their Pivot profile, thus saving you time and effort.

Here’s a video on how to connect your ORCID ID with research systems such as Pivot.  NOTE: Pivot may be listed under its parent companies: ProQuest or Ex-Libris.  Once you grant this permission in ORCID, Pivot will be listed as a ‘trusted organization’ in your ORCID account settings.

Learn more about ORCID at

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