This page is a regularly updated list of potential funding opportunities related to “smart cities.” To recommend additional search terms or outlets to watch for funding, please contact Matthew Wyndham.

For projects in Minnesota, see opportunities issued by the

Metropolitan Council.
Funding possibilities listed under Communities, and Transportation.

Don’t forget the NSF Conference funding opportunity: Dear Colleague Letter: Conference Proposals on Concepts for Advancing Sustainable Urban Systems (SUS) Research Networks. See also Smart and connected Communities opportunity below, listed under NSF.

NEW: NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) (Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track). One per Institution.
See: here
UW Internal Competition Application Instructions
To submit your application, follow this link: UW Link
Please include the following information:
• Cover Sheet including team members, partners
• CV
• 3 page description of how your program meets the goals of the solicitation

There is also the new AARP Community Challenge for More Livable Communities funding possibility. Its a new opportunity for short term grants -click here.


The Kresge Foundation has a Health opportunity – see here.

Finally, the MacArthur Foundation has a new round of their 100&Change competition, through which a grant of $100 million will be awarded to help address a critical social challenge.


Opportunities are organized by NSF, Other Agencies, and Foundations.

NSF Grants Only

Other Agencies Opportunities

Date Added Agency Ref # Focus/Title Funding (M) Full Proposal Web
05/12/2018 ARPA-E $4 Million ARPA-E Grid Optimization Competition 0,00
05/12/2018 ARPA-E OPEN Solicitation 2018 0,00 16/02/2019
17/12/2018 DOE ID 187132 Energy-Water Desalination Hub 0,00 07/02/2019
13/02/2019 DOE DE-FOA-0002008: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001960 entitled "Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute: Cybersecurity in Energy Efficient Manufacturing”
21/02/2019 DOI BOR-DO-19-F004 WaterSMART Grants: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for Fiscal Year 2019 0,00 19/03/2019
05/03/2019 NASA ROSES 2018 Carbon Monitoring System 0,00 26/03/2019!{45A77699-9B54-8B78-4900-F6EA75A589FE}&path=open
Date Added Agency Ref # Focus/Title Funding (M) Full Proposal Web