Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation: Grants for Science Research

OVERVIEW: Guggenheim focuses on social and natural sciences research with regard to violence and aggression. Research priorities are fairly diverse in this regard.

IP TAKE: Guggenheim is approachable, but does not fund organizations, institutes, or "pure interventions." Grantseekers should expect extensive competition. Applicants from any country are welcome to apply. While almost all grantees possess a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree, there are no specific degree requirements for grants.

PROFILE: The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation supports projects that “illuminate modern human problems.” It prioritizes scholarly research that examines "problems of violence, aggression, and dominance." Guggenheim’s research priority areas include youth, family, media, crime, biology, war and peace, terrorism, and religion, ethnicity, and nationalism.

Guggenheim funds both established researchers and graduate students in the final stage of their dissertation. However, the dissertation fellowships do not support doctoral research and only fund “the writing of a dissertation within an award year.” For research grants, the foundation accepts proposals from investigators and researchers working in the fields of natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.

Guggenheim offers grants of between $15,000 and $40,000 for a period of one to two years to individual investigators who work within the foundation’s areas of funding interest. Guggenheim funds individual projects only and does not award grants for institutional programs. The foundation prioritizes “areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources.” Grantseekers may apply through the Guggenheim's research grant portal.

The foundation accepts unsolicited applications throughout the year. New applications must be submitted by August 1 to be considered for a grant decision in December. Grantseekers who are citizens of any country in the world are eligible to apply. While most grantees hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree, and are academics or professors, the foundation does not require its grantees to possess a specific degree. Grantseekers can explore Guggenheim’s Past Research Grants page to learn more about the type of work the foundation supports.

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications