Center for Open Science
You can apply for consciousness research grants, if you are using the Registered Reports publishing model at participating journals. Registered Reports includes peer review prior to data collection, and is generally meant to encourage a higher quality of research methodology in science. The Center's moto is "Show your work, share your work, advance science. That's open science."
BIAL Foundation Accepting Applications for Research in Psychophysiology and Parapsychology
Since 1994 the BIAL Foundation has supported nearly 800 projects involving hundreds of researchers from 29 countries, who've published over 2000 papers, over 1600 in indexed journals. Grants for research in Psychophysiology and Parapsychology are up to €60,000, determined by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project. [read more]
Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies
Founded in 2020 to raise awareness of—and encourage research into—the survival of consciousness after death, BICS ran an essay contest on this topic, throwing down a whopping $1.8M to the 29 winners. Aerospace entrepreneur Robert Bigelow, who's supported such research for years, founded the institute.
The Foyle Research Institute of Monaco (FRIM) Now Accepting Proposals for Innovative Research
A non-profit organization based in Monoco, FRIM supports highly innovative and controversial scientific research and development in seven areas: consciousness, aeronautics, energy & environment, archaeology & ancient civilizations, historical events, life sciences and medical therapeutics. [read more]
One of the best resources for finding grant makers and funding sources, including foundations, corporations and government agencies.
Comprehensive information on grants and funding sources in the European Union, UK Government, National Lottery and UK Grant Making Trusts.
The Institute for Venture Science Now Accepting Proposals for Unconventional Scientific Inquiries
Starting on April 15, 2016 the Institute for Venture Science (IVS) will be accepting pre-proposals for the funding of unconventional scientific investigations that challenge mainstream paradigms. Early submittal is key as they may need to limit the number of submissions; the deadline is June 25. [read more]
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
NCCAM funds scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and the training of CAM researchers.
The Parapsychological Association
The Parapsychological Association supports research into parapsychology through several grants.
Templeton World Charity Foundation
Using a variety of funding, networking and outreach mechanisms, this foundation supports targeted experiments to investigate different theories of consciousness. [read more]
World Institute for Scientific Exploration
For individuals not associated with a qualifying organization, how to apply for grants and research funding as a researcher of the World Institute for Scientific Exploration (WISE). Lists all the major grant making agencies and funding sources.
Articles About Funding
Alternative Funding: Sponsor My Science
The ins and outs of wooing philanthopists to fund your research. Published on Nature.com, 18 January 2012, by Heidi Ledford, PhD.
The Corruption of Science in America
J. Marvin Herndon, PhD, reveals the four major flaws in science funding, as established by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). Herndon goes into great depth in backing up his thesis statement: "The problem, I discovered, is that the science-funding process that the NSF invented and passed on to other U.S. Government agencies is seriously and fundamentally flawed."
How Academia and Publishing are Destroying Scientific Innovation: A Conversation with Sydney Brenner (PDF)
A revealing interview with Nobelist Sydney Brenner on the status of the current scientific enterprise: "Even God wouldn't get a grant today because somebody on the committee would say, oh those were very interesting experiments (creating the universe), but they've never been repeated."
Set Them Free
An examination of problems in science funding, with a proposed experiment to fund some science based on the interests of the public, rather than established science institutions. Published in New Scientist, 19 April 2003, by Rupert Sheldrake, PhD.
Scientists Turn to Crowds on the Web to Finance Their Projects
Real-world examples of microphilanthropy: what can happen when the public decides which science projects are worth pursuing by personaly financing them. Published in the New York Times, 11 July 2011, by Thomas Lin.