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|
|Blavatnik Family Foundation||$250,000||Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists||October 3||November 9|
|Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation||$675,000||Moore Inventor Fellows (Invitation Only)||October 14||December 13|
|Brain Research Foundation||$80,000 (over 2 years)||Seed Grant Program||November 15||Early January||
|Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation||$100,000||Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award Progam||Mid December||Early February|
|W.M. Keck Foundation||$500,000 - $5 million (typically $2 million or less)||W.M. Keck Foundation Science/Technology and Medical Research Programs||Mid January||May 1|
|Pew Charitable Trusts||$300,000||Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences||Early April||Early September|
|William T. Grant Foundation||$350,000 (one applicant per college, per year)||William T. Grant Scholars Program||Mid May||Early July|
|Brain Research Foundation||$150,000||Scientific Innovations Award||Early May||Mid June|
|Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation||$180,000||Mallinckrodt Biomedical Research Grants||Mid June 2023||August 1, 2023|
|Searle Scholars Program||$300,000||Searle Scholars Program||Late June||Late September|
|The Greenwall Foundation||50% of salary support for 3 years||Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics||Early August||Mid September|
|Andrew W. Mellon Foundation||$175,000 to $250,000 (maximum of $300,000)||Mellon New Directions Fellowships||Mid Aug. (by invitation only; roughly every 3 years)||Early October||