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," Corporate & Foundation Relations (CFR) 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 CFR — 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 CFR by the internal deadline stated in the announcement. Please note that the dates shown below may shift annually.
CFR 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 CFR. 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|
|Brain Research Foundation||$40,000/year over 2 years||Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program||November 30, 2017||January 8, 2018||
|Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation||$75,000||Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award Progam||December 21, 2017||February 8, 2018|
|W.M. Keck Foundation||$500,000 - $5 million (typically $2 million or less)||W.M. Keck Foundation Science/Technology and Medical Research Programs||January 5, 2018||May 1, 2018|
|Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation||$675,000||Moore Inventor Fellows||January 8, 2018||March 5, 2018 (Nominations Due February 12, 2018)|
|Smith Family Foundation||$600,000||Odyssey Award||February 1, 2018||March 15, 2018|
|Brain Research Foundation||$150,000||Scientific Innovations Award||May 11, 2018||June 22, 2018|
|William T. Grant Foundation||$350,000 (one applicant per college, per year)||William T. Grant Scholars Program||May 25, 2018||July 5, 2018|
|Smith Family Foundation||$300,000||Smith Family Foundation Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research||June 22, 2018||July 27, 2018|
|Pew Charitable Trusts||$300,000||Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences||June 8, 2018||October 15, 2018|
|W.M. Keck Foundation||$500,000 - $5 million (typically $2 million or less)||W.M. Keck Foundation Science/Technology and Medical Research Programs||June 15, 2018||November 1, 2018|
|Searle Scholars Program||$300,000||Searle Scholars Program||June 22, 2018||September 28, 2018|
|Amelia Peabody Foundation||$10,000 - $15,000||Peabody Grants||Early August 2018||Early October 2018|
|Andrew W. Mellon Foundation||$175,000 to $250,000 (maximum of $300,000)||Mellon New Directions Fellowships||August 17, 2018||October 5, 2018||
|Simons Foundation||$660,000/$1.5 million||Simons Investigators in Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS)/Math+X Investigators||Mid-September 2018||Late October 2018|
|Blavatnik Family Foundation||$250,000||Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists||Late September 2018||Mid-November 2018|
|Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation||$675,000||Moore Inventor Fellows (Invitation Only)||Early January 2019||Mid-February 2019|
Limited Submissions Archive