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Phone: 603-646-3007
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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 For questions concerning grant applications, contact your OSP Grant Officer.

Current Limited Deadlines:

Brain Research Foundation — Scientific Innovations Award

Dartmouth may nominate one candidate

$150,000 over two years
May 19 for internal submission to Kristen Rhodes in the Provost's Office
June 29 for external letter of intent
September 26, 2017 for invited full proposals
For a full professor or associate professor to pursue innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. Must have major NIH or other peer-reviewed funding in the last three years.

Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr Foundation — Grants

Dartmouth may nominate one candidate
Up to $180,000 over three years
June 12, 2017 for internal application to Kristen Rhodes in the Provost's Office
August 1, 2017 for external submission
Eligibility: For early-career investigators (<4 years tenure track) doing basic biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis or treatment of disease. Current R01 recipients not eligible. Requires endorsement of Geisel dean or other senior faculty member

The Pew Charitable Trusts — Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

Dartmouth may nominate one candidate
$240,000 over four years
June 12, 2017 for internal application to Kristen Rhodes in the Provost's Office
July 7, 2017 for external submission
Eligibility: Must have been appointed as Assistant Professor on July 7, 2014 or later. For highly accomplished assistant professors working on science relevant to the advancement of human health. Projects should be based on biomedical principles but involve concepts and theories from other fields. Risk-taking is encouraged.

Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research

Please contact the Cancer Center for information concerning the nomination process.

The Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research Program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of a cure for cancer. The award provides $240,000 in flexible support—$60,000 per year for four years. In line with the Stewart Trust's mission to invest in innovative, cutting-edge, basic cancer research that may accelerate and advance progress toward a cure for cancer, applications are invited from nominees conducting cancer research.

Please adhere to the following eligibility criteria when considering candidates for nomination:
Nominees must have been awarded a doctorate in a field related to biomedical sciences or medicine.
As of Oct. 16, 2017, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor or the equivalent. Appointments such as research assistant professor, adjunct assistant professor, assistant professor research track, visiting professor, or instructor are not eligible.
On June 30, 2017, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before June 30, 2014).
Candidates may be nominated by their institution only twice. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2018 online application.
Qualified candidates should be conducting creative, interdisciplinary, basic, or translational cancer research. This program is not designed to fund clinical trial research.

Searle Scholars Program

Dartmouth may nominate a limited number of candidates
$300,000 over three years
June 12, 2017 for internal application to Kristen Rhodes in the Provost's Office
September 29, 2017 for external submission
Eligibility: Assistant professor appointment on or after July 1, 2016; first tenure-track position. For independent research projects in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. The Program supports both clinical and basic research.

Conservation, Food and Health Foundation — Grants

Dartmouth may submit one application per calendar year

Up to $30,000
May 30 for internal submission to Kristen Rhodes in the Provost's Office
July 1 and January 1 for external submission of concept paper
For projects in environmental conservation, improved food access, or public health that are of direct and immediate benefit to developing countries

Whiting Foundation — Public Engagement Fellowship

Dartmouth may nominate two candidates
$50,000 (eight awards will be made)
REVISED: May 19, 2017 for internal submission to Kristen Rhodes in the Provost's Office
June 15, 2017 for external submission of names of nominees
June 30, 2017 for completion of short-form initial application
The fellowship funds ambitious, often collaborative projects designed to infuse into public life the richness, profundity, and nuance that give the humanities their lasting value. Nominees may propose to use the grant funds in whatever way will be most effective—any cost reasonably necessary is eligible.
One humanities professors awarded tenure between fall 2012 and fall 2017; and
One full-time, untenured humanities professors with at least two full years of service

United Engineering Foundation — Grants

Dartmouth may submit one proposal

Up to $160,000 (five to ten awards will be made)

Deadlines:April 28, 2017 for internal submission to       Kristen Rhodes in the Provost's Office  

June 1, 2017 for external submission of concept paper

To advance engineering for the welfare of humanity. Not for research. Activities must take place in the United States.      Broad-based, interdisciplinary proposals that further the engineering profession as a whole are preferred. Proposals must be consistent with UEF's priorities:   DiversityK–12  educationEthics and leadership in continuing education

St. Baldrick's Foundation — Infrastructure Grants

Dartmouth may submit one application

Usually $50,000; more in exceptional cases

Deadlines: May 17, 2017 for internal submission to Kristen Rhodes in Provost's Office;

July 14, 2017 for external letter of intent;

August 31, 2017 for full application

For institutions with the potential to participate significantly more in childhood cancer clinical trials, but which are smaller or have barriers to greater participation due to a lack of resources (including personnel).

William T. Grant Foundation — Scholar Awards

Each major division (Arts & Sciences, Graduate and Advanced Studies, Thayer, Geisel, Tuck) may nominate one applicant

$350,000 over five years (four to six awards will be made)

Deadlines: May 17, 2017 for internal submission to Kristen Rhodes in the Provost's Office;

July 6, 2017 for external letter of inquiry

For early-career scholars (<7 years from terminal degree) in any discipline to pursue five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand their expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. Research plans must address questions of theory, policy, and practice for youth ages 5–25 in the United States, in these focus areas:programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomesstrategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth

Federal Funding Opportunities:

NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5)


he 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.   Please carefully review eligibility and effort commitments.  

Only up to two applications per institution are allowed as defined in Section III. 3. Additional Information on Eligibility.

Internal Deadline:   June 30, 2017

Letter of Intent Due Date(s) August 22, 2017

Application Due Date(s)   September 22, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

NIH Cystic Fibrosis Research and Translation Center (P30)

CF Research and Translation Core Centers are designed to support both basic and clinical research on Cystic Fibrosis. CF Research and Translation Core Centers support three primary research-related activities: Research Core services; a Pilot and Feasibility program; and an Administrative Core with an enrichment program. Core Centers provide shared resources to support research to develop and test new therapies for CF and to foster collaborations among institutions with a strong existing research base in CF. The NIDDK currently supports seven CF Research and Translation Centers located at institutions with documented programs of research excellence in basic and clinical CF Research. Information about the currently funded CF Research and Translation Centers may be found at

Internal Deadline:  June 15, 2017

Letter of Intent Due Date(s) June 20, 2017

Application Due Date(s) July 20, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

NIH StrokeNet Regional Coordinating Stroke Centers (U24)


The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), issued by NINDS, is to invite currently awarded NIH StrokeNet centers and potential new stroke centers to participate as a Regional Coordinating Stroke Center in the NIH StrokeNet clinical trials network. The goal of this existing network is to maximize efficiencies to develop, promote and conduct high-quality, multi-site clinical trials focused on key interventions in stroke prevention, treatment, and recovery with the objective to have a balanced portfolio between all three approaches. Exploratory Phase 1/2 and confirmatory Phase 3 clinical trials as well as biomarker-validation studies that are immediately preparatory to trials will be coordinated through separate National Clinical Coordinating (NCC) and National Data Management Centers (NDMC).

Only one RCC application per institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number or NIH IPF number) is allowed.

Internal Deadline:   June 30, 2017

Application Due Date(s)
September 25, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

NSF Towards a Leadership-Class Computing Facility - Phase 1


NSF invites proposals for the acquisition and deployment of a High Performance Computing (HPC) system, called the Phase 1 system, with the option of a possible future upgrade to a leadership-class computing facility. The Phase 1 system will serve two important and complementary purposes: It will serve as a robust, well-balanced, and forward-looking computational asset for a broad range of research topics for which advances in fundamental understanding require the most extreme computational and data analysis capabilities; and It will serve as an evaluation platform for testing and demonstrating the feasibility of an upgrade to a leadership-class facility five years following deployment.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $60,000,000

A total of $60,000,000 in FY 2018 will be used to fund one award, subject to the availability of funds. At least 95% of the proposal amount should be for the system acquisition cost.

Following system acceptance, user support and operating costs are expected to be an additional 20% of the acquisition cost annually and, if approved, are anticipated to be made available as a separate funding action. Should the proposed resource require additional user and operating funds, an additional 5% of the acquisition cost can be requested but the proposal must provide strong justification for such a request. Again, if approved, these costs will be provided as a separate funding action.

Up to $2,000,000 in additional funds are anticipated to be available in FY 2019 as a separate funding action for the planning activities associated with the conceptual design phase for Phase 2of the award.

Note that this solicitation requests proposals for the acquisition and operation of a Phase 1 system as well as a project plan for the design of a potential upgrade or replacement to a leadership-class computing facility at the end of the five-year deployment period, subject to the availability of funds. Support for subsequent preliminary design and final design phases for Phase 2 will be provided in separate funding actions.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 1

Internal Deadline:   June 15, 2017

Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): July 14, 2017

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): November 20, 2017


NSF Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications

NSF 17-546

NSF's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) initiated the National Network of Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs) program in FY 2015.  Four BD Hubs – Midwest, Northeast, South, and West – were established to foster multi-sector collaborations among academia, industry, and government, both nationally and internationally.  These BD Hubs are serving a convening and coordinating role by bringing together a wide range of Big Data stakeholders in order to connect solution seekers with solution providers.

Estimated Number of Awards:       10 to 20

BD Spoke awards -- Approximately 10 to 20 total awards across both the SMALL and MEDIUM categories are anticipated through this solicitation.

The total number of awards will be subject to the outcome of panel reviews and availability of funds.

Anticipated Funding Amount:        $10,000,000

Each SMALL project will be funded at $100,000 to $500,000 total for up to three years, subject to the availability of funds.

Each MEDIUM project will be funded at $500,001 to $1,000,000 total for up to three years, subject to the availability of funds.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:        1

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):     September 18, 2017

NSF Collections in Support of Biological Research          (CSBR)

NSF 15-577

The Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) Program provides funds: 1) for improvements to secure and organize collections that are significant to the NSF BIO-funded research community; 2) to secure collections-related data for sustained, accurate, and efficient accessibility to the biological research community; and 3) to transfer ownership of collections.

The CSBR program provides for enhancements that secure and improve existing collections, improves the accessibility of digitized specimen-related data, and develop better methods for specimen curation and collection management. Requests should demonstrate a clear and urgent need to secure the collection, and the proposed activities should address that need. Biological collections supported include established living stock/culture collections, vouchered non-living natural history collections, and jointly-curated ancillary collections such as preserved tissues and DNA libraries.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 3

Internal Deadline:    May 19, 2017

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):   August 14, 2017

Department of State,Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Notice of Funding Opportunity
(NOFO): FY 2018 International Visitor Leadership Program

The Office of International Visitors, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA/PE/V), United States Department of State (DOS), announces an open competition for up to eight assistance awards to administer the FY 2018 International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Launched in 1940, the IVLP is a professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging leaders. These visits support U.S. foreign policy goals and reflect the participant's professional interests. Applicants may submit only one proposal under this competition. If multiple proposals are received from the same applicant, all submissions will be declared ineligible and receive no further consideration in the review process. It is the Bureau's intent to award up to eight cooperative agreements (one base year plus two non-competitive continuations) for an estimated total amount of $49,500,000.

Internal Deadline:  June 15, 2017

Key Date/Application Deadline: July 13, 2017


Creating a Palestinian University Research Hub Department of State Assistance Coordination


The Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Office of Assistance Coordination (NEA/AC) seeks proposals that will strengthen partnerships among Palestinian universities in the West Bank to reinforce research and critical thinking as core competencies within Palestinian universities and drive innovation and private sector partnerships within the Palestinian economy. In October 2016, the first-ever U.S.-Palestinian Higher Education Dialogue was held in Washington, D.C., bringing together private sector stakeholders, academic professionals, university officials, and diplomats to discuss the need for new university partnerships, private sector engagement, building research capacity, accreditation and quality control, and encouraging development of critical thinking and employment skills as tools for Palestinian universities to produce first-rate graduates. The U.S.-Palestinian Higher Education Dialogue highlighted the limited research capacity within Palestinian universities in the West Bank to drive projects which encourage innovation and new approaches to problems as ways to facilitate private sector involvement and economic growth. The Dialogue highlighted the need to strengthen joint mechanisms with which educators and students can pool research ideas, share knowledge and expertise, publicize research conducted by Palestinian academics, and conduct collective training and workshops

Deadline:  July 5, 2017

Internal Deadline:  June 15, 2017




Last Updated: 5/21/17