Annual Limited Competitions


A Number of Limited Competitions repeat annually. A list of some examples are below.


Limited Competition

Annual Internal Deadlines

The Feldstein Medical Foundation (FMF) is a private foundation, created to promote and advance previously neglected areas of medical research. FMF's grants will be made in varied areas of medical research, including: (1) Basic science; (2) Translation/implementation studies; (3) Early clinical research; and (4) Education. 2 applications are accepted annually by invitation only.

Early January

Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineeringis offered by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. In 1988, the Foundation established the Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering to allow the nation's most promising young professors to pursue their science and engineering research with few funding restrictions and limited paperwork requirements. Every year, the Foundation invites the presidents of 50 universities to nominate two young professors each from their institutions.

Early February

Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award (SIA) Invited eligible US institutions may nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). The Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Scientific Innovations Award Program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators. The objective of the SIA is to support projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings. It is expected that investigations supported by these grants will yield high impact findings and result in major grant applications and significant publications in high impact journals. BRF will only accept one LOI per institution.

Early May

The Searle Scholars Program, sponsored by Kinship Foundation, invites nomination of two faculty members for its annual competition. This award is designed to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the fields of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding young scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment.

Mid July

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences supports promising early-career scientists in the health sciences—particularly young researchers with innovative approaches and ideas. One nomination will be invited from the presidents of 180 institutions. Project Summary, CV, and letter of support are typically due at the end of June.

Late June

NIH Director's Early Independence Award

Late June/Early July

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

Late July/Early August

Discovery Prize

Early September

Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS) Late September

NSF Research Traineeship (NRT)

Mid October

NSF Innovation Corps Sites Program(I-Corps Sites) The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem which builds upon research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society. In order to contribute to a national innovation ecosystem, NSF established the NSF Innovation Corps Sites Program (NSF I-Corps Sites). The purpose of an I-Corps Site is to nurture and support multiple, local teams to transition their ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace.

Early May

ADVANCE Partnerships The goals of the ADVANCE program are (1) to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers; (2) to develop innovative and sustainable ways to promote gender equity that involve both men and women in the STEM academic workforce; and (3) to contribute to the research knowledge base on gender equity and the intersection of gender and other identities in STEM academic careers. Faculty can apply to one of three tracks 1) Institutional Transformation 2) Adaptation and 3) Partnership. Track deadlines vary.

Mid November

NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program: (MRI Instrument acquisition or development proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million will be accepted from all eligible organizations. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 will also be accepted from all eligible organizations for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences and from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines. Cost-sharing at the level of 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations. Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: Three (3) – two Acquisition and one Development.

Mid November

Rita Allen Foundation Scholars

Mid November

Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

Late November

David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program - The Dana Foundation

Late January

Moore Inventor Fellows

Early February

Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF)

Early March
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