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 Hale (erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu). 
Award Program Anticipated Internal Deadline Anticipated Sponsor Preproposal or Letter of Intent Deadline (if applicable) Anticipated Sponsor Deadline Administrator of Internal Selection Process for FAS faculty
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Mid-September   Late September Not an LSO, but those who wish to be hosted by Harvard University must include with their application an Institutional Letter of Endorsement signed by the Vice Provost for Research. 
Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship Late August   Early September

Not an LSO, but institutional endorsement is required. A Letter of Support & Acknowledgement of Application must be signed by the applicant’s Department Chair.

Beckman Young Investigator Program Mid-July Early August   Not an LSO, but institutional endorsement is required.
Boston Scientific Foundation STEM Education Grant     Mid-March Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Late November Early January Late March Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award Early May Late June Early October Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award Program Late November   Early February Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Graham Foundation for the Fine Arts Production and Presentation Grants N/A   Late February One nomination per department. Each department will have its own selection process.
Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics Mid-August Mid-September Early January Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Mallinckrodt Grants Early June   Early August Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminars Early March     Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Award is open to Harvard applicants every 2-3 years.
Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship Mid-July   Late September Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Moore Inventor Fellows Mid-October   Mid-December Office of the Vice Provost for Research
National Endowment for the Arts Grants for Arts Projects Early January   Mid-February or Mid-July Office of the Vice Provost for Research
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends Mid-August   Late September Office of the Vice Provost for Research
NIH Director's Early Independence Award Late June Mid-August (optional LOI) Early September Office of the Vice Provost for Research
NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) Late September   Early January Office of the Vice Provost for Research
NSF Physics Frontiers Centers Late May Early August Late January Office of the Vice Provost for Research. Award is only offered every 3 years
NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program Late June   Early September Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering Late January Mid-March (nomination only) Mid-April Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Early March Mid-May (nomination only) Early September University Committee on Biological Sciences (UCBS)
Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program Late July Early September Late October Office of the Vice Provost for Research. This was previously handled by UCBS for all faculty. Now non-HMS faculty apply through OVPR.
Searle Scholars Program Late July   Late September Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Computer Science Early August   Late October Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Sloan Research Fellowships N/A   Mid-September Three nominations per department. Each department will have its own selection process.
Whiting Public Engagement Programs Mid-March   Mid-June Office of the Vice Provost for Research
W.T. Grant Scholars Program Mid-March   Early July FAS Research Development