Funding Opportunities

Below are ethics-relatedĀ funding opportunities fromĀ a variety of sources.

NIH Seeks to Fund Research and Capacity Building Efforts Related to Bioethical Issues

  • Notice of Special Interest: Administrative Supplement for Research and Capacity Building Efforts Related to Bioethical Issues (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Notice Number: NOT-OD-21-020
  • KEY DATESRelease Date: November 17, 2020      First Available Due Date: December 16, 2020    Expiration Date: March 06, 2021

On November 17, 2020, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for administrative supplements to support research on ethical considerations related to biomedical research and projects that support capacity building in bioethics. Consideration of ethical issues associated with biomedical research is intrinsic to the responsible conduct of science and the translation of scientific and technological advances into practice. The investment in, and the integration of, bioethics-related research and policy demonstrates NIH’s commitment to safeguarding the integrity of the research that it conducts and supports.   

Applications will be accepted until March 06, 2021, and all organizations administering an eligible parent award may apply for a supplement under this announcement. Interested applicants may supplement parent awards focused on bioethics or add a component related to bioethics to a parent award in which bioethics was not the focus. Issues addressed are expected to fall within the scope of research and policy activities of the NIH but may be beyond the focus of any one Institute or Center. In addition to overarching areas of interest, individual Institutes and Centers have indicated specific areas of research interest within the announcement. Complete Information, including how to apply can be found here

Questions about the FOA may be directed to the agency contacts included in the announcement.  

Funding Opportunities for Research on the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Genetics and Genomics (ELSI)

Search and review ELSI funding opportunities on ELSIhub

The Greenwall Foundation

The Greenwall Foundation: Making bioethics integral to decisions in health care, policy, and research.

National Science Foundation

Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2)

Synopsis of Program:

Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) funds research projects that identify (1) factors that are effective in the formation of ethical STEM researchers and (2) approaches to developing those factors in all STEM fields that NSF supports. ER2 solicits proposals for research that explores the following: "What constitutes responsible conduct for research (RCR), and which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?" Do certain labs have a "culture of academic integrity?" What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?" Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress responsible conduct for research, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade. Successful proposals typically have a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or among other factors, and they specify plans for developing interventions that promote the effectiveness of identified factors.

ER2 research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes or promotes responsible or irresponsible conduct of research, and how to best instill this knowledge into researchers and educators at all career stages. In some cases, projects will include the development of interventions to ensure ethical and responsible research conduct.

Proposals for awards from minority-serving institutions (e.g., Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions), women's colleges, and organizations primarily serving persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged. Proposals including international collaborations are encouraged when those efforts enhance the merit of the proposed work by incorporating unique resources, expertise, facilities or sites of international partners. If possible, the U.S. team's international counterparts should obtain funding through other sources.