Foundations sometimes limit the number of applications an institution may submit for a specific funding program. When a private foundation's call for proposals is "limited," Foundation Relations will send out an email announcement to the relevant campus constituents. If more than the "limit" express interest, an internal review committee composed of the deans of applicants' respective schools and colleges or their designees and, if necessary, the Provost, Vice Chancellor for Research Engagement, and/or faculty with relevant expertise — with advice from Foundation Relations — determine which application(s) would be most competitive. Nominees are selected based on the quality of the materials submitted to the review committee, and on the likelihood of being funded by the sponsor per the funder guidelines and the history of previous awardees.
Below are the current Private Foundation Limited Submission Opportunities. If you are interested in one of these programs, you must email Foundation Relations by the internal deadline stated in the announcement. Please note that the dates shown below may shift annually.
Foundation Relations will make every effort to identify Limited Submissions Opportunities and provide timely information about them. If you have identified a private foundation limited submission opportunity that is not posted on the below list, please email Foundation Relations. For public opportunities like the National Science Foundation, please visit RD's Limited Submission Awards & Grants webpage.
|Sponsor||Award Range||Grant Title||Internal Deadline||Sponsor Deadline||Sponsor's Website|
|Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation||$675,000||Moore Inventor Fellows (Invitation Only)||October 11, 2019||December 13, 2019|
|Brain Research Foundation||$80,000 (over 2 years)||Seed Grant Program||November 25, 2019||January 7, 2020||
|Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation||$100,000||Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award Progam||December 16, 2019||February 6, 2020|
|W.M. Keck Foundation||$500,000 - $5 million (typically $2 million or less)||W.M. Keck Foundation Science/Technology and Medical Research Programs||Early January 2020||May 1, 2020|
|Smith Family Foundation||$300,000 (over 2 years)||Odyssey Award||Early February 2020||Mid March 2020|
|Amelia Peabody Foundation||$10,000 - $50,000||Peabody Grants||Mid February 2020||Early April 2020|
|William T. Grant Foundation||$350,000 (one applicant per college, per year)||William T. Grant Scholars Program||Late March 2010||Early July 2020|
|Whiting Foundation||$10,000 - $50,000||Whiting Public Engagement Fellowships and Seed Grants||Early April 2020||Mid June 2020|
|Brain Research Foundation||$150,000||Scientific Innovations Award||Mid May 2020||Late June 2020|
|Pew Charitable Trusts||$300,000||Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences||Late May 2020||Mid October 2020 (Nominations Due Mid June)|
|Searle Scholars Program||$300,000||Searle Scholars Program||Late May 2020||Late September 2020|
|Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation||$180,000||Mallinckrodt Biomedical Research Grants||Early June 2020||Early August 2020|
|W.M. Keck Foundation||$500,000 - $5 million (typically $2 million or less)||W.M. Keck Foundation Science/Technology and Medical Research Programs||Mid June 2020||November 1, 2019|
|Smith Family Foundation||$300,000||Smith Family Foundation Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research||Early July 2020||Early August 2020|
|Andrew W. Mellon Foundation||$175,000 to $250,000 (maximum of $300,000)||Mellon New Directions Fellowships||Mid Aug. (by invitation only)||Early October||
|The Greenwall Foundation||50% of salary support for 3 years||Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics||Late August||Mid September|
|Blavatnik Family Foundation||$250,000||Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists||Early October||Mid November|
|The Carnegie Corporation of New York||$200,000 over 1 or 2 years||Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program||Mid October||Mid November|
Limited Submissions Archive