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|
|William T. Grant Foundation||$350,000 (one applicant per college, per year)||William T. Grant Scholars Program||April 12, 2020||July 1, 2020|
|Pew Charitable Trusts||$300,000||Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences||April 20, 2020||September 10, 2020|
|Brain Research Foundation||$150,000||Scientific Innovations Award||Mid May 2020||June 25, 2020|
|Whiting Foundation||$10,000 - $50,000||Whiting Public Engagement Fellowships and Seed Grants||May 31, 2020||June 29, 2020|
|Searle Scholars Program||$300,000||Searle Scholars Program||June 29, 2020 at 9 a.m.||September 30, 2020|
|Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation||$180,000||Mallinckrodt Biomedical Research Grants||June 29, 2020 at 9 a.m.||August 1, 2020|
|W.M. Keck Foundation||$500,000 - $5 million (typically $2 million or less)||W.M. Keck Foundation Science/Technology and Medical Research Programs||June 29, 2020 at 9 a.m.||November 1, 2020|
|Smith Family Foundation||$300,000||Smith Family Foundation Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research||Early July||Early August|
|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|
|Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation||$675,000||Moore Inventor Fellows (Invitation Only)||Mid October||Mid December|
|Brain Research Foundation||$80,000 (over 2 years)||Seed Grant Program||Mid November||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||Early January||May 1|
|Smith Family Foundation||$300,000 (over 2 years)||Odyssey Award||Late January||Mid March|
|Amelia Peabody Foundation||$10,000 - $50,000||Peabody Grants||Mid February||Mid March|
Limited Submissions Archive