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|
|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 over 5 years||Simons Investigators in Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS)/Math+X Investigators||September 14, 2018||October 31, 2018|
|Blavatnik Family Foundation||$250,000||Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists||Late September 2018||Mid-November 2018|
|Brain Research Foundation||$40,000/year over 2 years||Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program||Late November 2018||Early January 2019||
|Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation||$75,000||Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award Progam||Late December 2018||February 7, 2019|
|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 2019||Early May 2019|
|Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation||$675,000||Moore Inventor Fellows||Early January 2019||Early March 2019|
|Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation||$675,000||Moore Inventor Fellows (Invitation Only)||Early January 2019||Mid-February 2019|
|Smith Family Foundation||$600,000||Odyssey Award||Early February 2019||Mid March 2019|
|Brain Research Foundation||$150,000||Scientific Innovations Award||Mid May 2019||Late June 2019|
|William T. Grant Foundation||$350,000 (one applicant per college, per year)||William T. Grant Scholars Program||Late May 2019||Early July 2019|
|Smith Family Foundation||$300,000||Smith Family Foundation Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research||June 22, 2018Late June 2019||Late July 2019|
|Pew Charitable Trusts||$300,000||Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences||Early June 2019||Mid October 2019|
|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 2019||Early November 2019|
|Searle Scholars Program||$300,000||Searle Scholars Program||Late June 2019||Late September 2019|
|Amelia Peabody Foundation||$10,000 - $15,000||Peabody Grants||Early August 2019||Early October 2019|
Limited Submissions Archive