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 a call for interest to the relevant campus constituents. If more than the "limit" express interest, an internal review committee comprising faculty, Associate Deans of Research, and others — 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. Thank you!
|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||February 12, 2018|
|Mellon Foundation||$225,000||Sawyer Seminars Program (Invitation Only)||Mid-January 2018||Late March 2018|
|David & Lucile Packard Foundation||$175,000/year over 5 years||Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering||Mid-February 2018||Mid-March 2018|
|W.M. Keck Foundation||$500,000 - $5 million (typically $2 million or less)||W.M. Keck Foundation Science/Technology and Medical Research Programs||Mid-May 2018||November 1, 2018|
|William T. Grant Foundation||$350,000 (one applicant per college, per year)||William T. Grant Scholars Program||Mid-May 2018||Early July 2018|
|Smith Family Foundation||$100,000/year over three years||Smith Family Foundation Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research||Early June 2018||Mid-July 2018|
|Pew Charitable Trusts||$60,000/year over four years||Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences||Early June 2018||Early July 2018|
|Searle Scholars Program||$100,000/year over three years||Searle Scholars Program||Mid-June 2018||Late September 2018|
|Amelia Peabody Foundation||$10,000 - $15,000||Peabody Grants||Early August 2018||Early October 2018|
|Mellon Foundation||$175,000 - $300,000||New Directions Fellowships (Invitation Only)||Mid-August||Mid-October 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|