Limited Submission Opportunities

Limited submission opportunities (LSOs) are funding opportunities where the sponsor has placed a limit on the number of applications that may be submitted from an institution. Below is a list of annually recurring LSOs sorted by anticipated internal deadline, along with the office that administers the application process for FAS faculty. Please be aware of the following:

  • This is meant to serve as a reference for faculty and administrators for planning purposes. Deadlines are general and may differ from year to year depending on when a competition is announced by the sponsor. For updated information on a particular competition, use the links below.
  • All announcements of LSO competitions will be disseminated by FAS Research Development to FAS department chairs and administrators and posted in the Harvard University funding portal (HUFP).
  • Faculty may not apply directly for LSOs without institutional endorsement.
  • If you are interested in applying for an LSO that is not on this list, please bring it to our attention as soon as possible by contacting Erin Cromack at cromack@fas.harvard.edu.
Award ProgramAnticipated Internal DeadlineAnticipated Sponsor Preproposal or Letter of Intent Deadline (if applicable)Anticipated Sponsor DeadlineAdministrator of Internal Selection Process for FAS faculty
American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes ProgramEarly April Early JulyOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
Banting Postdoctoral FellowshipsLate September Early NovemberNot a limited submission, but an institutional endorsement letter is required. Contact FAS Research Development for help obtaining institutional endorsement.
Beckman Postdoctoral FellowshipEarly October Early DecemberOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
Blavatnik Awards for Young ScientistsMid-September Mid-NovemberOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed GrantEarly NovemberEarly JanuaryEarly AprilOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations AwardEarly MayEarly JulyEarly OctoberOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award ProgramEarly December Mid-FebruaryOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator AwardEarly November Mid-FebruaryUniversity Committee on Biological Sciences (UCBS)
Dana Foundation Neuroimaging ProgramEarly DecemberLate FebruaryBy invitationOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
Google U.S/Canada Ph.D. Research FellowshipMid-August Late OctoberOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
Graduate Students Awards for the Lindau Meeting of Nobel LaureatesMid-September Mid-DecemberOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
Graham Foundation for the Fine Arts Production and Presentation GrantsN/ALate FebruaryLate AprilOne nomination per department. Each department will have its own selection process.
Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in BioethicsMid-SeptemberEarly OctoberMid-JanuaryOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
Keck Medical Research Program (Fall)Early JuneEarly NovemberBy invitationOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
Keck Medical Research Program (Spring)Mid-NovemberEarly MayBy invitationOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
Keck Science and Engineering Program (Fall)Early JuneEarly NovemberBy invitationOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
Keck Science and Engineering Program (Spring)Mid-NovemberEarly MayBy invitationOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
Mallinckrodt GrantsEarly May Early AugustFAS Research Development
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Capitol GrantsEarly SeptemberEarly OctoberMid-NovemberOffice of the Vice Provost for Research.
Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminars on the Comparative Study of CulturesEarly January Early MarchOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
Mellon Foundation New Directions FellowshipMid-August Mid-OctoberOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship ProgramMid-September Mid-OctoberOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
National Endowment for the Arts "Art Works" Grants for Arts ProjectsEarly December Early March or Early AugustOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer StipendsMid-July Late SeptemberOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
NIH Director's Early Independence AwardLate JuneMid-August (optional LOI)Mid-SeptemberOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
NIH Fogarty International Center Framework Programs for Global Health InnovationMid-SeptemberMid-NovemberMid-DecemberOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
NIH Fogarty International Center NCD-LIFESPANEarly DecemberMid-MarchMid-AprilOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
NSF Cultivating Cultures for Ethical StemEarly October Mid-FebruaryOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)Early October Late JanuaryOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)Early JulyMid-OctoberMid-MayOffice of the Vice Provost for Research. Not offered every year. 
NSF Physics Frontiers CentersEarly MayEarly AugustEarly JanuaryOffice of the Vice Provost for Research. Award is only offered every 3 years (January 2014 the most recent deadline)
NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) ProgramLate SeptemberEarly DecemberEarly FebruaryOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
NSF Science and Technology Centers (STC)Mid-SeptemberMid-DecemberMid-JuneOffice of the Vice Provost for Research. Offered every three years.  Next NSF deadline is anticipated June 2018.
Packard Fellowships in Science and EngineeringEarly DecemberMid-March (nomination only)Mid-AprilOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Distinguished Investigator AwardMid-August Late OctoberOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical SciencesEarly April Early NovemberUniversity Committee on Biological Sciences (UCBS)
Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral ScholarshipsEarly October Mid DecemberOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
Rita Allen Foundation Scholars ProgramEarly NovemberEarly FebruaryBy invitationOffice of the Vice Provost for Research. This was previously handled by UCBS for all faculty. Now non-HMS faculty apply through OVPR.
Searle Scholars ProgramLate June Late SeptemberOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
Simons Foundation Investigators ProgramEarly September Late OctoberOffice of the Vice Provost for Research
Sloan Research FellowshipsN/A Mid-SeptemberThree nominations per department. Each department will have its own selection process.
Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical ResearchMid-May Early SeptemberFAS Research Development
W.T. Grant Scholars ProgramMid-April Early JulyFAS Research Development