The Here and Next graphic, several interlocking circles of varying shades of green with the words Here & Next and WashU listed next to it.

Here and Next Grants support interdisciplinary research activities at Washington University in St. Louis across disciplines, departments, and schools. The Grant Program is designed to provide initial funding and assistance for interdisciplinary research of the highest caliber in alignment with the larger Here and Next Plan.

Housed in the Research Development Office within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, theses grants support work in the following areas: Public Health, Global Health, Environmental Research, Digital Transformation, and Research Impacting the St. Louis Community.

2024-2025 Calls for Proposals and Applications will be available on August 5, 2024. In the meantime, please email with any questions.

Here and Next Grant Programs

There are four Here and Next grants available to Washington University faculty members, each with their own aims and objectives, deadlines, and requirements. Please see each individual page for more details.

Spark Funding Grants: Proposal Development and Spark Funding: Pop-Up Initiative

Ignite Interdisciplinary Grants

Transcend Initiative Grants: University-Wide Research Collaborations

2024-25 Webinars

These webinars are informational sessions for potential Here and Next Research Grant Applicants. We’ll discuss individual program aims, application and review process, and then answer attendee questions.

2024-25 Calendar

Please use the below calendar for scheduling purposes. All deadlines are at 11:59 PM on the date listed.

August 5 Applications and Calls for Proposals released for all programs

Spark Funding: Proposal Development and Transcend Initiative LOIs have rolling review period and will accept applications until April 30, 2025.
August 30Fall Informational Webinar #1 (Register)
September 5Fall Informational Webinar #2 (Register)
September 27Ignite Interdisciplinary Grant Application Deadline – Fall 2024
September 30Transcend Initiative Grant Quarter 1 Review Deadline (Full proposals only)
October 30Spark Funding: Pop-Up Initiative Grant Application Deadline
End of Fall 2024 SemesterFall Ignite Interdisciplinary Grant decisions made
December 31Transcend Initiative Grant Quarter 2 Review Deadline (Full proposals only)
January 17Spring Informational Webinar #1 (Register)
January 23Spring Informational Webinar #2 (Register)
February 14Ignite Interdisciplinary Grant Application Deadline – Spring 2024
March 2025Spark Funding: Pop-Up Initiative Grant decisions made
March 31 Transcend Initiative Grant Quarter 3 Review Deadline (Full proposals only)
April 30Spark Funding: Proposal Development and Transcend Initiative LOI portals stop accepting applications. The portals will reopen after the start of FY 26, in early August 2025.
End of Spring Semester 2025Spring Ignite Interdisciplinary Grant decisions made
June 30 Transcend Initiative Grant Quarter 4 Review Deadline (Full proposals only)
Please note that if you submit during this quarter, review may take a little longer than usual given it is the summer.
August 4
FY 26 Program Portals and updates released


To apply for all Here and Next Grants, you must use the InfoReady platform to submit your materials. Updated Calls for Proposals and competition details can be found on InfoReady. Login with your WUSTL key.


Please contact with any questions about these programs.