Federal Sponsors Priorities
Agriculture, Department of
Provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.
Agriculture, food and nutrition, and forestry
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.
Reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce
damages caused by floods and other natural disasters
Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service
Grants enable researchers throughout the United States to solve problems critical to our farmers, consumers, and communities. CSREES is the USDA's major extramural research agency, funding both individuals and institutions.
Agricultural & Food Biosecurity, Agricultural Systems, Animals & Animal Products, Biotechnology & Genomics, Economics & Commerce, Families, Youth & Communities, Food Nutrition & Health, Natural Resources & Environment, Pest Management, Plants & Plant Products, Technology & Engineering
Commerce, Department of
Fosters, promotes, and develops foreign and domestic commerce and promotes the Nation’s economic development and technological advancement.
Census Bureau Data Products, Manufacturing and Services, Measurement and Engineering Research, Telecommunications
National Institutes for Standards and Technology
Promotes innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve quality of life.
Polymers, ceramics, metallurgy, and neutron scattering and spectroscopy research, experimental and theoretical studies of fundamental physical phenomena, fire research, high-risk, high-payoff civilian technology development
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
To understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet economic, social and environmental needs
Atmospheric research, understanding the space environment, geophysical data, ocean habitats and resources, sustainable fisheries, complex climate systems and how they work
Defense, Department of
To ensure that warfighters today and tomorrow have superior and affordable technology to support their missions, and to give them revolutionary war-winning capabilities.
Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations.
Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations.
Being ready to meet today's security requirements is the Army's highest priority and one that cannot and will not be compromised. Concurrent with this imperative, the Army has embarked on a dynamic process of transformation, building on the lessons learned today and adapting for future needs.
Ensure readiness to meet today's security requirements
Chemical and Biological Defense Program
Provides state-of-the-art defense capabilities to allow military forces to operate and complete missions in chemical and biological warfare environments
Detection and Identification, Modeling and Simulation, Protection, Decontamination, and Medical Technology
Maintains, trains and equips combat-ready Naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas.
Ensure combat-ready forces to deter agression and maintain freedom of the seas.
Defense Advanced research Projects Agency
Manages and directs selected basic and applied research and development projects for DoD, and pursues research and technology
Advanced technology, defense sciences, information processing technology, Microsystems technology, information exploitation, tactical technology
Microsystems Technology Office
Exploit breakthroughs in materials, devices, circuits, and mathematics to develop beyond leading edge components with revolutionary performance and functionality to enable new platform capability for the Department of Defense.
Electronics, Photonics, MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS), Architectures, and Algorithms
Defense Technical Information Center
Serves as a vital link in the transfer of information among DoD personnel, DoD contractors and potential contractors and other U.S. Government agency personnel and their contractors.
Online technical information support to small high-technology firms, as potential R&D contractors and SBIR/STTR participants, to enhance their research and development, technology transfer, networking and marketing efforts.
Missile Defense Agency
Funds technology research and development projects that advance MDA's future capabilities for the ballistic missile defense system.
Defense, health, aviation, space and Homeland Security applications
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Safeguards America and its allies from Weapons of Mass Destruction (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high yield explosives) by providing capabilities to reduce, eliminate, and counter the threat, and mitigate its effects.
Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) threat reduction, including biological defense, proliferation prevention and cooperative threat reduction
National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Provides timely, relevant, and accurate Geospatial Intelligence in support of national security.
Geodesy, Advanced Geoprocessing, Remote Sensing, Geospatial Analysis
Special Operations Command
Leads, plans, synchronizes, and as directed, executes global operations against terrorist networks. USSOCOM trains, organizes, equips and deploys combat ready special operations forces to combatant commands.
Global operations against terrorist networks
Education, Department of
Establishes policy for, administers, and coordinates most federal assistance to education.
Fully integrating technology into schools, assist individuals of all ages with disabilities in the acquisition, utilization, or maintenance of assistive technology services or devices, improve student achievement through the use of technology in elementary and secondary, increase the capacity of States to design, conduct, and procure high-quality evaluations of educational technology.
Institute of Education Sciences
Expands knowledge and provides information on the condition of education, practices that improve academic achievement, and the effectiveness of Federal and other education programs.
Research, evaluation, statistics, and dissemination projects that would make significant contributions in order to provide reliable information about the condition of education
Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services
Improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages in three main areas: special education, vocational rehabilitation and research.
Research to facilitate special education, vocational rehabilitation and research.
National Institute on Disability & Rehabilitation Research
Carries out research and related activities to maximize the full inclusion, employment, independent living, and economic sufficiency of individuals with disabilities.
Applied research such as: (1) the transfer of rehabilitation technology to individuals with disabilities; (2) widespread distribution in usable formats of practical scientific and technological information; and (3) identification of effective strategies to enhance opportunities for individuals with disabilities to engage in productive work and live independently.
Energy, Department of
Advances national, economic, and energy security; to promote scientific and technological innovation; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.
Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Medicine, National Labs, Nanotechnology, Materials Sciences, Life Sciences, Information Resources, High Energy Physics, Geoscience, Genome Research, Fusion Energy, Environmental Science, Energy Sciences, Computing, Climate Change, Chemical Science, Carbon Sequestration, Biological Sciences
Environmental Protection Agency
Protects human health and the environment
P3, biotechnology, benign manufacturing, transitioning from high risk pesticides, indoor air in developing countries, new vehicle and fuel technologies, harmful algal blooms, bioenergy production, diesel emission control and others.
Health and Human Services, Department of
Protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) manages approximately 300 grant programs and awards over $239 billion in mandatory and discretionary grant funds annually. To learn more about grants management within HHS, please visit GrantsNet.
National Institutes of Health
Promotes science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.
Research Projects, Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings, Academic Research Enhancement, Exploratory/Developmental Research, Clinical Trial Planning, Bioengineering, Biomedical Information Science and Technology, Research on Ethical Issues in Human Studies, Institutional Development.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Prevents and controls infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health threats.
Health promotion and prevention. This includes programs involving laboratory research, health information programs,
surveillance, and preparedness.
Food and Drug Administration
Assures the safety of foods and cosmetics, and the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals, biological products, and medical devices.
Food, Drugs, Medical Devices, Biologics, Animal Feed and Drugs, Cosmetics, Radiation-Emitting Products, Combination Products
Homeland Security, Department of
Provides Federal, state, and local officials with the technology and capabilities to protect the homeland
Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) currently has several active Solicitations on a broad range of topics.
Interior, Department of
Protects and provides access to our Nation's natural and cultural heritage and honor our trust responsibilities to Indian Tribes and our commitments to island communities.
Water Desalination Research and Development, Technical Preservation, Hydropower Recreation, Preservation Technology
U. S. Geological Survey
Provides reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.
Biology, geography, geology, geospatial information, and water
Labor, Department of
Improving working conditions, advancing opportunities for profitable employment, protecting retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements.
Employment and training, occupational safety and health, mine safety, disability employment policy, veterans training, labor statistics.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Develops innovative technologies, knowledge, and infrastructures to support decisions for human exploration and to promote international and commercial participation in U.S. exploration efforts
Verification and Validation, Thermal, Structures, Sensors and Sources, Robotics, Propulsion, Power and Energy, Microgravity, Materials, Manufacturing, Information, Extravehicular Activity, Electronics, Education, Cryogenics, Communications, Bio-Technology , Avionics and Astrionics
National Reconnaissance Office
The NRO designs, builds and operates the nation's reconnaissance satellites.
R&D for developing new intelligence sources and methods to solve intractable intelligence problems - trying to expand the frontiers of detection, exploitation and processing.
National Science Foundation
Promotes research and education in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering.
Biology, Computer and Information Sciences, Crosscutting Programs, Education, Engineering, Geosciences, International, Math, Physical Sciences, Polar Research, Science Statistics, Social Behavioral Sciences
Small Business Administration
Promotes federal small business high technology programs to improve the competitive capability of small research and development businesses
to provide small business management, technical, or financial assistance
Transportation, Department of
Initiatives are directed to high priority transportation research and development requirements in the Operating Administrations.
planning, design, and construction of transportation improvements (e.g., highway, transit, and airport improvements). A limited amount of funding is available for research and development projects.