Strategic Partnerships

Funding Opportunities

RCSA stimulates innovation and discovery in the physical sciences. Our programs and support target challenges of national and global importance. RCSA works with corporations, other foundations, and government offices and agencies as well as educational institutions.

We support chemistry, physics, astronomy and science in other fields that interfaces with these disciplines. We actively seek partnerships and fellow funders to join us in supporting innovative and transformative research, the integration of science teaching and research, undergraduate science research, and public advocacy for science.

Among our current funding priorities are the following:

Scialog: A Methodology for Accelerating Innovation

RCSA’s new Scialog process combines science and dialog through a unique melding of grants and convenings. The program aims to accelerate innovation.

Partnering with RCSA on a new topic in the physical sciences and related disciplines can lead to high-reward breakthroughs. RCSA is currently running a multi-year Scialog initiative on Solar Energy Conversion. Join RCSA and its current partners and affiliates in further stimulating discovery and innovation in this critical area. Opportunities for support include

Scialog: Solar Energy Conversion

RCSA began its five-year initiative on solar energy conversion in 2010. Join RCSA and its current partners and affiliates in further stimulating discovery and innovation in this critical area.

  • Scialog Fellows: Support two or more top early career investigators focused on a high-risk/potentially high-reward area of solar energy conversion research. Funders have the opportunity to choose from the teams RCSA’s distinguished peer review panel has selected.

  • Scialog Collaborative Innovation Award: Provide funding for grants awarded at the annual Scialog conference to newly formed teams with the most innovative ideas.

  • Scialog Conference: Underwrite the annual convening for Scialog Fellows and top faculty and industry leaders in solar energy conversion.

Cottrell Scholars Program (CS)

RCSA believes that enhancing science education at major research universities is critical to the nation’s continued innovation. The elite CS program selects 10 to 15 of the nation’s most promising early career researchers in chemistry, physics and astronomy who are also dedicated to innovation in their teaching. Opportunities exist to support individual scholars as well as the annual conference.

Cottrell College Science Awards (CCSA)

Nearly half of the Ph.D.s in the physical sciences did their undergraduate training at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs). Support faculty teams at these institutions in advanced multidisciplinary programs that foster science research and undergraduate opportunities at the forefront of innovation.

RCSA New Century Fund

Where will the next breakthroughs in science occur? Support RCSA in identifying and funding research at the edges of our current knowledge and provide catalytic support for innovation in the physical sciences. Join with RCSA’s partners in creating strong support for tomorrow’s breakthroughs in the physical sciences.

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