Some Funding Resources for Theorists at PUI

Broad searches for grants

Grants targeted for faculty at PUI

  • Research Corporation
    Cottrell College Science Awards — For tenured or tenure-track faculty in non-Ph. D. granting department.
    Cottrell Scholar Awards — Applicants must be in the third year of first tenure-track position at Ph.D granting department.
    Because of a recent strategic planning initiative, eligibility criteria for Research Corporation grants may have changed. Check the RC website for the most accurate information.
  • NSF RUI (Research in Undergraduate Institutions)
    “RUI” is an umbrella designation applied to proposals submitted from undergraduate institutions to standard NSF programs. The RUI designation requires submission of additional materials describing the impact of the research on the institution and has a modified review process.
  • NSF ROA (Research Opportunity Award)
    ROAs are designed to support collaboration between faculty at undergraduate institutions and NSF-funded projects at other institutions. Any PI with current NSF funding can apply for an ROA supplement to support research by a collaborator at a primarily-undergraduate institution.
  • Murdock Charitable Trust (for Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana)
    Murdock College Science Research Program, Research Start-up Grants for New Science Faculty

Sabbatical funding

Conference, workshop and short-term visit support:

  • Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics
    The KITP Scholars Program supports theoretical physicists at PUIs. Each award funds a total of three round trips and up to six weeks of local expenses at the Institute, to be used over a period of up to three years.
  • Institute for Nuclear Theory
    The INT has programs and workshops in nuclear theory and its intersections with particle physics, astrophysics, atomic physics, and condensed matter physics.
  • ECT*
    European Centre for Theoretical Studies in Nuclear Physics and Related Areas
  • International School of Nuclear Physics in Erice, Sicily
  • Gordon Conferences
    Ask the Conference Chair to submit a request for support from the PUI fund for a qualifying candidate. Requests from a conference attendee will not be accepted. The PUI award ($600) is available for two (2) research-active scientists from a PUI. See
  • Some conference organizers are willing to help with expenses for faculty from PUI’s. It is always worth asking!

Research funding for students:

Funding for student participation in conferences:

  • CEU (Conference Experience for Undergraduates)
    Held at the Fall Meeting of the APS Division of Nuclear Physics, for undergraduates who have conducted research in nuclear physics, and have not yet entered their senior year.
  • Many APS and AAPT meetings have modest travel grants available for students.