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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:
    • Outline of the proposal (at least one but not more than 3 pages)
    • General budget
    • Statement of support from Department Chair and/or Dean as appropriate
    • 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 Limited Deadlines:

2017 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists - Dartmouth may nominate one candidate in each of the three disciplinary categories: (1) Life Sciences, (2) Physical Sciences & Engineering, and (3) Chemistry

Amount: $250,000 per investigator

Deadline:  Sept. 21, 2016 to submit internal application to Kristen Rhodes in Provost's Office; Nov. 16, 2016 (for full proposal)

Description: The awards recognize the country's most promising mid-career faculty in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.

Eligibility: Nominees must: Have been born in or after 1975; hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).


Note: Interested internal candidates need only submit the following materials to Kristen Rhodes: (a) A 1,000-word maximum summary of up to five of the nominee's most significant scientific contributions and research accomplishments, (b) a letter of nomination from the department chair/dean, and (c) the nominee's CV. No budget or full proposal is required

Greenwall Foundation

Amount:  The award supports 50 percent of a scholar's salary plus benefits for three years, up to 1.5 times the NIH salary cap, with 10 percent institutional costs for the salary and benefits. In addition, the Foundation provides $5,000 each year for limited project support and travel (no indirect costs are provided for these items).

The Program is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research.  Up to two applicants from a university will be considered in each application cycle. Institutions are requested to have an internal screening and selection process. No more than one award per institution will be made in each Faculty Scholars grant cycle. The unit of award will be the overseeing university, thus if a university with a law school, medical school, several teaching hospitals, and a faculty of arts and sciences, nominates two applicants in a cycle, only one may be chosen.

Deadline:   Internal:   September 1, 2016;  Letters of Intent due by November 1, 2016, 12:00pm, ET (noon)

Full Proposals due by January 17, 2017, 12:00pm, ET (noon)

Scholars announced on or after June 1, 2017

MacArthur Foundation "100& Change" -- Limited Submission Application (Dartmouth may nominate up to one proposal per school, e.g., A&S, Tuck, Geisel, Thayer)

Amount: Up to $100M

Deadline: Internal deadline (to submit application to Kristen Rhodes): August 12, 2016; external deadlines (for registration: September 2, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Central) (for applications: October 3, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Central)

Description: Awards provided to one successful proposal that articulates both a critical, real-world problem of our time and its solution. (Note: Competitive proposals will address a meaningful problem and will provide a solution that is verifiable, durable, and feasible. The foundation aims to run this competition every three years.)


Mallinckrodt Grants - Dartmouth may nominate one applicant

Amount:         $180,000 over three years

Deadline:        July 15, 2016 (to send internal nomination to Kristen Rhodes); August 1, 2016 (for selected applicant to submit external proposal)

Description:    Early stage investigators engaged in basic biomedical research that has thepotential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis or treatment of disease. The funds are designed to provide new faculty members with support to move the project forward to the point where R01 or other independent funding can be obtained.

Eligibility:        Applicants should be in the first to fourth year of their tenure track faculty position and not have current R01 funding.


Whiting Foundation: Public Engagement Fellowship in the Humanities – Dartmouth may nominate up to two applicants

Amount:         $50,000

Deadlines:       July 20, 2016 (to send internal nomination to Kristen Rhodes); September 1, 2016 (for selected applicant to submit external proposal)

Description:    Flexible funding for humanities professors, in order to provide institutional support for leave and/or project funding to enable them to pursue public engagement as part of the scholarly vocation. The fellowship aims to identify professors with a demonstrated commitment to using their intellectual expertise to reach wider audiences and to fund ambitious projects designed to have direct and significant impact on a specific public outside the academy.

Eligibility:        Institutions may nominate one candidate from each category: 1) a humanities professor who received tenure between Fall 2011 and Fall 2016; and/or 2) a full-time, untenured humanities professor with at least two full years of service at Dartmouth.


Keck Foundation

Research Medical Research Science and Engineering Undergraduate Education

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

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. 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

Two Cycles

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

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

Pew Charitable Trusts Biomedical Scholar FY 2017

About the Pew Scholars Program: The current grant level is $240,000; $60,000 per year for a four-year period. In 2017, Pew will name the new Class of Pew Scholars. For the 33rd series of awards, to be made in 2017, one nomination is invited from Dartmouth.  Link to Dartmouth invitation and other information.

Program National Advisory Committee:

Eligibility (all below are eligible)

  • Have a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine, or a related field;
  • As of November 1, 2016, appointment of Assistant Professor (Appointments such as Research Assistant Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Research Track, Visiting Professor or Instructor are not eligible.)
  • Been in the appointment for less than 3 years (not appointed before July 15, 2013)
  • May only be nominated twice
  • To Apply - please submit the following in a single PDF, a pre-proposal
  • a 2-3 page research project summary of the proposed project (an extra page can be used for needed diagrams/figures)
  • List of past and current funding for the past 3 years
  • Email approval for a letter of support from the department chair if chosen as the Dartmouth nominee
  • Name, title and institution of 3 intended references
  • a short version, CV for the PI

Internal Deadline:   June 10, 2016  The Dartmouth search committee must submit the nominee's name to Pew by July 15, 2016.

The online application will open Aug. 1, 2016. The deadline for applicants to submit a complete application is Nov. 1, 2016.

2017 Searle Scholars Program – Limited Submission; Dartmouth was invited to nominate one applicant

Program/Eligibility: The program provides $300,000 over a period of three years to early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors (on or after July 1, 2015); the appointment must be his/her first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent).

Applicants are expected to be pursuing independent research projects in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. The Searle Scholars Program has supports research programs that include both clinical and basic components.

Applicants who were nominated for awards in the previous competition year but were not awarded may still meet the eligibility criteria for the current competition.


Internal Deadline (to submit nomination materials to Kristen Rhodes): Wednesday, July 20

External Deadline (for nominated applicant to submit proposal to Searle Scholars Program): Friday, September 30, 2016

Simons Foundation — Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics, and Theoretical Computer Science - Dartmouth may nominate two candidates in each discipline

$660,000 over 5 years

Deadline: August 19, 2016 (for internal application to be submitted to Kristen Rhodes); October 31, 2016 (for external application)

Support for outstanding mid-career scientists engaged in theoretical research in math, physics, astrophysics, or computer science in order to enable them to undertake long-term investigations related to fundamental theoretical questions, establish new directions, and provide leadership in their field.

Note: The Foundation asks that nominations be treated confidentially. Nominating Deans/Chairs need ONLY submit the nominee's CV and a letter of support (two pages maximum). No project proposal is required.

Simons Foundation — Investigators in Mathematical Modelling of Living Systems - Dartmouth may nominate two candidates

$660,000 over 5 years

Deadline: August 19, 2016 (for internal application to be submitted to Kristen Rhodes); October 28, 2016 (for external application)

Support for outstanding early-career scientists (often with mathematics or theoretical physics backgrounds) now engaged in research to develop new approaches to mathematically-based modeling to advance the life sciences (ranging from cellular-level issues of organization, regulation, signaling, and morphogenic dynamics to the properties of organisms and ecology, as well as neuroscience and evolution). Preference is given to work that relates closely to experiment, developing mathematical models that can explain data, suggest new classes of experiments and introduce important new concepts.Nominees must be in the first few years of their first faculty appointment. Preference is given to areas in which modeling approaches are less established and, for this reason, bioinformatics- and genomics-related proposals fall outside the scope of the program.

Simons Foundation — Math+X Investigator - Dartmouth may nominate one candidate

$1,500,000 over 5 years

Deadline: August 19, 2016 (for internal application to be submitted to Kristen Rhodes); October 31, 2016 (for external application)

The program is designed to encourage novel collaborations and establish programs at the interface between mathematics and other fields in science or engineering.  The Math+X Investigator must be a tenured faculty member with a primary appointment in the mathematics department; s/he will be expected to teach both in the mathematics and the X partner departments and be appointed in both departments by the award's start date (courtesy appointments will be allowed). The X partner should be a department of science or engineering at the Investigator's university that will engage in significant collaboration with the mathematics department in an area where such collaboration is not the norm. Both departments must have doctoral programs.Note: X partners in finance and business will not be considered. Proposals involving connections to areas where there are already well-established links with mathematics, such as economics, string theory or computational complexity, will also not be considered unless the proposal involves particularly unique collaborations.

William T. Grant Scholars Program

The William T. Grant Scholars Program provides $350,000/5 years for early-career researchers within the social, behavioral, and health sciences focusing on youth. Research must focus on advancing understanding of programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes; and strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth (ages 5 to 25). PI's must have received their degrees within the last 7 years and must hold a tenure-track position.
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.

Internal nomination deadline: March 23, 2016
Sponsor Application Deadline: July 6, 2016

Federal Funding Opportunities:

DHS S&T Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Quantitative Analysis – Center Lead
Department of Homeland Security


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office of University Programs (OUP) is requesting applications from U.S. colleges and universities to lead a consortium of universities for a Center for Homeland Security Quantitative Analysis (CHSQA). OUP is also posting a separate NOFO for eligible applicants to submit single project proposals for consideration as a partner to this Center of Excellence (COE)

Internal Deadline:     September 9, 2016

Sponsor Deadline:     November 1, 2016


BD2K Research Education Curriculum Development:  Data Science Overview for Biomedical Scientists (R25)


The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The over-arching goal of this BD2K  R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Curriculum or Methods Development  in Big Data Science to augment current institutional curricula for the training of predoctoral level biomedical scientists and provide concentrated instruction in the tools, approaches and quantitative analysis concepts in data science. To facilitate the integration of data science into biomedical curricula nationally, this FOA seeks to support a cohort of institutions that will work collaboratively and collectively to produce curricular materials that are findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR).

Internal Deadline:   September 9, 2016

Sponsor Deadline:  December 7, 2016

Only one application per institution is allowed


National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) (K12)


Only one application per institution is allowed

The purpose of the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) Program is to develop a group of highly trained biomedical scientists to address the Nation's biomedical workforce needs. The strategy is to promote effective partnerships between research-intensive institutions (RII) and partner institutions that have a historical mission or a demonstrated commitment to educating students from backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical research enterprise of the nation.

Internal Deadline:    July 1, 2016

Application Due Date(s) September 19, 2016;

NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5) RFA-RM-16-006

Only up to two applications per institution are allowed

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.

Internal Deadline:   May 31, 2016

Letter of Intent Due Date(s) August 12, 2016

Application Due Date(s) September 12, 2016

NIH High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program (S10)


The High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instruments or integrated systems that cost at least $600,000. The maximum award is $2,000,000.

There is no limit on the number of applications an institution may submit, provided the applications are for different types of equipment

NSF Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR): Establishing the PAWR Project Office (PPO) (PAWR/PPO)

Program Solicitation NSF 16-585

Synopsis of Program:

The Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research(PAWR) program aims to support advanced wireless research platforms conceived by the U.S. academic and industrial wireless research community. PAWR will enable experimental exploration of robust new wireless devices, communication techniques, networks, systems, and services that will revolutionize the nation's wireless ecosystem, thereby enhancing broadband connectivity, leveraging the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), and sustaining US leadership and economic competitiveness for decades to come.

In order to support the design, development, deployment, and operations of the advanced wireless research platforms, the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) will support the work of a PAWR Project Office (PPO). Working closely with the wireless research community, the PPO will assume responsibility for design, development, and deployment of a set of advanced wireless research platforms. Upon successful completion of the design of advanced wireless research platforms, and contingent upon support from NSF management, the PPO will proceed to the development and deployment phases with funding provided by NSF as well as a PAWR Industry Consortium. Upon successful deployment of each individual research platform, the PPO may subsequently operate the platform in service to the wireless research community.

Preliminary Proposal Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): September 20, 2016

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): November 23, 2016

Internal Deadline:   August 30, 2016

 NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

NSF 16-571

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF-supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 1

Due Dates

Internal Deadline: July 22, 2016

Preliminary Proposal Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): September 14, 2016

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):  April 24, 2017

NSF Innovation Corps - National Innovation Network Nodes Program (I-Corps Nodes)

NSF 16-53

I-Corps Nodes (from both Tracks 1 and 2) must contribute to the National Innovation Network in the following three ways:

Level 1 Contribution - I-Corps Node Training:

I-Corps Nodes will demonstrate the capacity to deliver an innovation-enhancing training program based on the hypothesis/validation "Customer Discovery" curriculum used to support NSF I-Corps teams (see I-Corps Nodes will nurture and support teams that are transitioning their ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace.

Level 2 Contribution - I-Corps Node Infrastructure:

Proposers are expected to identify models, to be leveraged for broad dissemination and implementation, of effective innovation content, curricula, and teaching/learning practices - detailing the specific activities, goals and measureable outcomes that will be associated with the proposed efforts. Proposers should consider how such activities will benefit the innovation network and how other nodes would be able to utilize/leverage their prospective Level 2 contributions.

Level 3 Contribution - I-Corps Node Research:

I-Corps Nodes will identify and pursue longer-term (3+ year) research and development projects that meet the goals of the I-Corps program. Proposers will identify teams or individuals for these projects that are inclusive of faculty and researchers from the node institution(s). These teams or individuals can work independently or in collaboration with I-Corps instructors or I-Corps staff. At least one of the projects must be led by faculty or researchers who are not I-Corps instructors or I-Corps staff personnel.

Internal Deadline:  November 1, 2016

Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time): March 9, 2017

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time): May 9, 2017

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 1


 NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science Supplements and Sites


The Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), have joined to support the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program. This program supports active long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer and Information Science, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers and community college and university faculty and students to bring knowledge of engineering or computer and information science and engineering as well as technological innovation to pre-college/community college classrooms. The goal of these partnerships is to enable K-12 STEM teachers and community college faculty to translate their research experiences and new knowledge gained in university settings into their classroom activities. The university team will include faculty, graduate and undergraduate students as well as industrial advisors. Involvement of graduate students in support of academic-year classroom activities is particularly encouraged. Partnerships with inner city, rural or other high needs schools are especially encouraged, as is participation by underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

Internal Deadline:    July 15, 2016

Proposal Deadline:  November 1, 2016

NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program: (MRI) Instrument Acquisition or Development


The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. 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.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:

Three (3) as described below. Potential PIs are advised to contact their institutional office of research regarding processes used to select proposals for submission.

If three proposals are submitted, at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development (i.e., no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition).

Internal Deadline:  September 1, 2016

Proposal Deadline:  January 11, 2017

Last Updated: 8/16/16