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Office of Sponsored Projects

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11 Rope Ferry Road #6210
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: 603-646-3007
Fax: 603-646-3670

Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of upcoming programs with proposal submission restrictions. Please make sure to check each individual opportunity announcement for eligibility, specific deadline and submission information. This is not a comprehensive list of all limited submission proposals, and while this page will be updated regularly, it should be used in conjunction with other grant information resources available from individual funding agency websites.

IMPORTANT: If a program has a limited submission requirement and you would like your proposal to be considered, please follow the procedures outlined below:

  • Carefully review deadlines, eligibility, and application requirements.
  • Faculty interested in applying should coordinate with their Associate Dean. There may be an internal selection process at the school or department.
  • Send the following pre-application materials to Kristen Rhodes ( by the internal deadline:
    1. Outline of the proposal (at least one but not more than 3 pages)
    2. General budget
    3. Statement of support from Department Chair and/or Dean as appropriate
    4. Curriculum Vitae (CV)

The Vice Provost for Research will implement the internal review process as described here. *The internal deadline specified is the date for submission of materials to the Provost's Office. There are several steps prior to this stage that may be required including clearances from Department Chair and Associate Dean. Please review and follow the instructions carefully. You will be notified if you are selected as an applicant. All applications to sponsors will be reviewed and approved in accordance with OSP procedures. For questions concerning limited submissions, please contact or For questions concerning grant applications, contact your OSP Grant Officer.

Current Foundation Limited Deadlines:

Brain Research Foundation

Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program 

Posted 11/2/2015

Goals:  The objective of the BRF Seed Grant Program is to support new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research directions. BRF Seed Grant awards are not intended to supplement existing grants.

Funding and award period: Based on the quality of applications, the Brain Research Foundation anticipates the Seed Grant Program will fund a total of $800,000 in grants. Each total award is limited to $80,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period. The first grant payment of $40,000 will be made upon completion of the Seed Grant Acceptance Form (June 2016). The final payment of $40,000 will be made contingent upon receipt of a Preliminary Progress and Financial Report (June 2017).

Deadlines:  Sponsor:  1/7/2016,  Internal 11/30/2015

Brain Research Foundation has invited eligible US institutions to nominate one (1) faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program.

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award Posted 11/2/2015

Goals:  The Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award supports independent young physician-scientists conducting disease-oriented research that demonstrates a high level of innovation and creativity. The goal is to support the best young physician-scientists doing work aimed at improving the practice of cancer medicine.

Eligibility:   Check Sponsor website for complete eligibility requirements.    Medical School only.  

Funding:  The $450,000 award will be for a period of three years. Funding in the amount of $150,000 will be allocated to the awardee's institution each year for the support of the Clinical Investigator. Funds are intended to be flexible and can be used for a variety of scientific needs including the Investigator's stipend and/or fringe benefits (up to $100,000), salaries for professional and technical personnel, special equipment, supplies and other miscellaneous items required to conduct the proposed research. No part of this grant can be used for indirect costs or institutional overhead.

Deadline:   Sponsor:  2/2/2016.  Internal:  11/30/2015

NOTICE: Institutional nominations have been reinstated. Please review carefully. The 2016 application deadline deadline is Tuesday, February 2.  Five nominations per institution, including its affiliated schools, will be accepted.

Keck Foundation

  1. Research Medical
  2. Research Science and Engineering
  3. Undergraduate Education

Goals:  Funding is awarded to universities and institutions nationwide for projects in research that:  See sponsor website for complete details.

  • Focus on important and emerging areas of research
  • Have the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation or methodologiesAre innovative, distinctive and interdisciplinary
  • Demonstrate a high level of risk due to unconventional approaches, or by challenging the prevailing paradigm
  • Have the potential for transformative impact, such as the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible, or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem
  • Does not focus on clinical or translational research, treatment trials or research for the sole purpose of drug development
  • Fall outside the mission of public funding agenciesDemonstrate that private philanthropy generally, and the W. M. Keck Foundation in particular, is essential to the project's success

Sponsor and Internal Deadlines:   Applicants* are strongly urged to contact Foundation staff during the pre-application counseling period, which takes place between January 1 and February 15 leading up to a May 1 submittal, or between July 1 and August 15 leading up to a November 1 submittal.

Two Cycles

5/1 (Phase I)  to Sponsor; 12/15/15 Internal

11/1 (Phase 1) to Sponsor;  6/1/16 Internal

Applicants* may submit one application per grant cycle to each of the following areas for which they are eligible: Medical Research, Science and Engineering Research, Undergraduate Education

 Current Federal Limited Deadlines

National Science Foundation

NSF 16-511 EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC)

Goals:  RII Track-2 FEC builds interjurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in scientific focus areas consistent with NSF priorities. Projects are investigator-driven and must include researchers from at least two RII-eligible jurisdictions. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education activities should seek to broaden participation through the strategic inclusion and integration of different types of individuals, institutions, and sectors throughout the project.  RII Track-2 FEC builds interjurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in scientific focus areas consistent with NSF priorities. Projects are investigator-driven and must include researchers from at least two RII-eligible jurisdictions. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education activities should seek to broaden participation through the strategic inclusion and integration of different types of individuals, institutions, and sectors throughout the project.

Internal Deadline:   December 10, 2015

Sponsor Due Dates

Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time):
January 11, 2016

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time):
February 04, 2016

Dartmouth may submit one application

National Institutes of Health

RFA-RM-15-006 NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5)

Goals:  The NIH Director's Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career.  

Time window for eligibility: At the time of application, the individual either 1) within the preceding twelve months must have received a terminal doctoral degree or completed medical residency or 2) within the following twelve months must complete all the requirements for a doctoral degree or complete a medical residency. The fellowship training period is NOT included in the clinical residency or equivalent training period. The date of degree receipt is that which appears on the official transcript for the degree. The time of application is the date when the application is submitted electronically to NIH through In addition, at the time of application, the PD/PI must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow following a previous doctoral degree for more than one year.

Deadline:  Internal Deadline:   11/30/2015, Sponsor Deadline:  01/29/2016

Only up to two applications per institution are allowed.   

National Institutes of Health

RFA-ES-15-020 Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01)

Goals:  The Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award is intended to identify the most talented Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) who intend to make a long-term commitment to research in the Environmental Health Sciences and assist them in launching an innovative research program focused on the understanding of environmental exposure effects on people's health.   To be eligible for this award, applicants must have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent graduate degree. PD(s)/PI(s) must be NIH defined Early Stage Investigators. See   In addition, PD/PIs must have faculty appointments which are tenure track or equivalent, generally at the level of Assistant Professor, or Research Assistant Professor, and have demonstrated outstanding abilities in basic, clinical or population-based research. Individuals must have established research independence from a mentor, and have dedicated, independent laboratory space or access to the clinical, population-based and/or public health research resources which will allow them to conduct the research proposed in the grant application as the lead, independent PD/PI.

Deadlines:   LOI to Sponsor January 26, 2016;  Sponsor Application Due Date(s) February 26, 2016;  Internal 11/30/2015

Only one application per School or College within a University will be accepted.

National Science Foundation

NSF 15-504, Major Research Instrumentation Program: (MRI) Instrument Acquisition or Development

Goals:  The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally. Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use. Development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged.

Deadlines:  Internal Deadline 10/30/2015.  Sponsor Deadline January 13, 2016

An MRI-eligible organization may, as a performing organization, submit or be included as a significantly funded 1 subawardee in no more than three MRI proposals. To promote instrumentation development, the program requires that if an organization submits or is included as a significantly funded1 subawardee in three MRI proposals, at least one of the three proposals must be for (Track 2) instrument development.  A Track 1 proposal should request support for the acquisition of a shared, major, state-of-the-art instrument, thereby improving access to, and increased use of, a modern research instrument by scientists, engineers, and students.  A Track 2 proposal should request support for the development of the next generation of major instrumentation, resulting in a new type of instrument that is more widely used, and/or opens up new areas of research and research training.



Passed Limited Deadlines.  Please check back for updates for next cycle.New York Academy of Science

Blatvatnik Foundation

Posted Date: 8/17/15

Goals: The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists recognize the country's most promising young faculty-rank scientists and engineers in the disciplinary categories of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.

Eligibility: Have been born in or after 1973.Hold a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).Currently hold a faculty position at an invited institution in the United States.Have made significant research contributions to the Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or Chemistry during their independent career as a principal investigators. Previously nominated individuals who were not selected as Laureates in past Awards cycles may be nominated again. Past faculty winners of the Blavatnik Regional Awards are not eligible. The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists welcomes nominations from underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

Deadlines: Internal Deadline: 10/1/15

September 30, 2015: Nominations open for 2016 Blavatnik National Awards
November 18, 2015: Nominations close for 2016 Blavatnik National Awards
Institutional nominations for the national faculty award must be submitted by the institution's President (or equivalent), Provost, or their official designee. Each institution may submit up to three nominations, one in each disciplinary category of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.

Dana Foundation

David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program

Goal: The Dana Foundation's neuroimaging research program focuses on improving human brain and brain-immune functioning to promote health, and prevent and treat disease. Funds support pilot-testing by investigators, who are early in their research careers, to enable them to pursue promising, high-risk, and innovative ideas that have a direct clinical application. The pilot data are anticipated to help increase competitiveness for seeking larger-scale support from other funders.

Posted Date: 3/1/15

Sponsor Deadline: 4/7/15

Internal Deadline: Passed

Each U.S. medical school dean, and the presidents of the few selected biomedical research institutions that have been invited by letter, may nominate one applicant.

The Medical Foundation

Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust Awards Program for Coronary Heart Disease Research

Goals: The Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust Awards Program for Coronary Heart Disease Research supports research in the area of the prevention and control of coronary and circulatory failure. The Awards Program seeks to contribute to the prevention of coronary heart disease or circulatory failure, and improving care for patients with these medical conditions. See sponsor website.

Deadlines: Sponsor: 8/31/15. Internal: Geisel only. If you are interested in this limited opportunity, please send a brief summary of your proposed research and your biosketch to Duane Compton by Monday, August 24. Geisel is allowed one application, so multiple submissions will need to be vetted by the Dean. Please also copy Sharon Ayers on your e-mail to the Dean.

Invited institutions may submit one application to the Program which meets the eligibility requirements for the 2015 Grant Cycle.

William T. Grant Foundation

William T. Grant Scholar Awards

Posted Date:  3/1/15  Internal Deadline 4/15/15 Passed

Goal:  Early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences.  Focused on youth ages 5 to 25 in the United States and research that increases our understanding
of programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes; and the use of research evidence in policy and practice,  

Sponsor Deadline:  7/8/15 Passed. 

Applicants must be nominated by their institutions. Major divisions (e.g., College of Arts and Sciences, Medical School) of an institution may nominate only one applicant each year.

Greenwall Foundation

Faculty Scholars Program

Goal: The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. Each year about three Greenwall Faculty Scholars are selected to receive 50 percent salary support for three years to enable them to develop their research program.

Deadlines: Sponsor: Letters of intent must be submitted online by 4pm ET on Friday, October 9, 2015. Internal Deadline: 9/10/15.

Up to two applicants from a university will be considered in each application cycle.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Faculty Scholars Program 

Posted Date:  4/20/2015

Goals:  HHMI invests in people, not projects, by identifying talented scientific leaders and supporting them well. We give our scientists the time and freedom to pursue difficult, long-range questions. We encourage creativity, collaboration, and interdisciplinary thinking. In this spirit, we created the Faculty Scholars program.   Scholars will apply molecular, genetic, computational and theoretical approaches to fundamental problems in diverse areas of biology. Those conducting research at the interface of the biological and physical sciences are especially encouraged to apply as are physician scientists and others studying biological questions emerging from and applicable to global human health problems, including malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, and other diseases that disproportionately affect individuals living in low resource settings. Clinical trials and research on health education, health care delivery, or health services are not eligible fields.  See sponsor website

Sponsor/Internal Deadline:  7/28/15. 

This competition places no restrictions on the number of applications from any eligible institution. Researchers with faculty appointments may apply directly; prior institutional endorsement is not part of the application process.

Pew Charitable Trusts

Pew Scholar Award

Sponsor Deadline:   11/16/2015.  Internal Deadline:  6/15/15  Passed

Eligibility:  The Pew scholars program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health.  Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences or medicine.As of Nov. 16, 2015, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor.On July 16, 2015, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before July 16, 2012), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track.Candidates may be nominated by their institution twice in total.All applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2016 online application

Searle Scholars Program

Posted Date:  5/30/2014

Goals:  The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment.  See sponsor website.

Sponsor/Internal Deadlines:   9/30/2015 sponsor deadline.  8/3/2015 Internal deadline Passed.


Math + X Investigator

Posted Date: August 15, 2015. Internal Deadline: September 8, 2015
Goal: To develop new and novel collaborations between math and a unique "X" (science or engineering) partner department. (Statistics, economics, string theory, or computational complexity are not eligible to serve as "X" partners.)

Eligibility: PI must be a currently tenured faculty member with a primary appointment in math (including applied math). If awarded, the PI will be expected to also receive an additional appointment (or courtesy appointment) in the X department, and will be expected to teach in both departments.

Award Amount: $1.5M/5 years (including 20% indirect costs), with potential renewal for an additional 5 years
Sponsor Deadline: October 28, 2015; Award Start Date: July 1, 2016
Dartmouth may submit up to ONE NOMINATION/APPLICATION.

Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, and Theoretical Computer Science

Posted Date: August 15, 2015 Internal Deadline September 8, 2015
Goal: To provide a stable base of support for outstanding scientists, enabling them to take long-term investigations of fundamental questions in their field.
Eligibility: The PI must be engaged in theoretical research in either math, physics, or computer science. At time of the award start date, the PI must have received tenure.
Award Amount: $660K/5 years (including $10K for PI's department and 20% indirect costs); potential renewal for an additional five years
Deadline: October 28, 2015; Award Start Date: August 1, 2016;

Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS)

Posted Date: August 15, 2015 Internal Deadline September 8, 2015
Goal: To create new and novel approaches to mathematically-based modelling in life sciences (similar to those prevailing in the physical sciences). Specifically, the program targets PIs who are working on issues relating to cellular level issues of organization, regulation, signaling, and morphogenic dynamics of the properties of organisms and ecology, as well as neuroscience and evolution. Bioinformatics or genomics-related proposals will not be considered.
Eligibility: Faculty in early stages of their career (within five years of the start of his/her first faculty position).
Award Amount: $660K/5 years (including $10K for PI's department and 20% indirect costs); potential renewal for an additional five years
Deadline: October 28, 2015; Award Start Date: August 1, 2016
Dartmouth may submit up to TWO NOMINEES/APPLICATIONS.


Last Updated: 11/11/15