The following chart is a partial listing of federal funding opportunities for large center grants.

If you are interested in pursuing a center grant, please contact Research Development: We would be happy to help with strategy and planning for team development and submission.

Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) Pre-proposals are due in April and October
Engineering Research Centers (ERC) Next competition anticipated 2021
Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) FOA anticipated late 2020
NIBIB Quantum Program: Technological Innovation to Solve a Major Medical or Public Health Challenge (U01) FOA anticipated 2019
Science and Technology Centers (STC) Preliminary Proposals due 25 June; invited full proposals due 27 Jan 2020
Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Phase 1 Preliminary 13 August 2019; Full proposal due 19 February 2020
Convergence Accelerators Now a Program in NSF, with specific FOAs and Dear Colleague letters periodically released.
Materials Research Science & Engineering Centers (MRSEC) Preliminary proposals due June 2019
Expeditions in Computing Next preliminary proposal due April 22, 2020
Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) Frontier Awards Next solicitation 2020
Bioengineering Research Partnerships (U01) Standard dates for U01
Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) Research Centers of Excellence (U54) LOIs due Sept 2019, 2020
Centers of Excellence in Genomic Sciences (CEGS, RM1) LOIs due April 2019; Applications due May 2019
Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) Next solicitation 2020
ARPA-E OPEN Next solicitation 2021
Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Collaborative Technology and Research Alliances (CTA/CRA) ARL releases these solicitations on an ad hoc basis to address specific technology needs
Air Force Centers of Excellence AF releases these solicitations on an ad hoc basis to address specific technology needs
University Transportation Centers Anticipated solicitation 2021
NOAA Cooperative Institutes every 10 years; last deadline Nov 2018
Clean Water Technology Centers FOA anticipated 2019
Predictive Science Alliances FOA anticipated early 2019
University Centers of Excellence Possible 2019 solicitation
Space Technology Research Institutes (STRI) Anticipated solicitation 2019

Please click through to the sponsor’s website for more accurate deadlines and requirements as the guidelines for an award may have been updated since the opportunity was posted.
Many center opportunities are limited; if the opportunity you are interested in is designated as “Limited Submission,” please see our Limited Submissions page for more information, including internal deadlines and the procedure for programs with limited submissions. You may not apply directly to the sponsor for a limited submission.
Please check back regularly as the list is updated as new opportunities are announced.
Also, please remember that it is good practice to get all materials to the Office of Research Administration and Finance five days in advance of the sponsor’s deadline.