Private Foundation Limited Submission Opportunities

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
Pew Charitable Trusts $300,000 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences May 1 September 7

William T. Grant Foundation $350,000 (one applicant per college, per year) William T. Grant Scholars Program May 15 July 5

Brain Research Foundation $150,000 Scientific Innovations Award May 15 June 22

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


Blavatnik Family Foundation $250,000 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists Mid September Early 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 Mid December


Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation $100,000 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award Progam Early December Early February

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) Up to $450,000 New Innovator Awards Early February Mid February

Mellon Foundation Up to $225,000 Sawyer Seminars Early February (by invitation only; roughly every 2-3 years) Mid April