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
American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes Program Late April   Early July Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Archer Foundation Award in Brain Research Early June   Mid-July Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Early September   Mid-September Not an LSO, but institutional endorsement is required. Contact FAS Research Development for help obtaining institutional endorsement.
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-July   Early September 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 Mid-May Late June Late September Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award Program Late November   Early February Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award Late October   Early February University Committee on Biological Sciences (UCBS)
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
Johnson and Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program Early September   Early October Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Mallinckrodt Grants Early June   Early August Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Capitol Grants Early September Early October Mid-November Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminars on the Comparative Study of Cultures Early January   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-August   Mid-October 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 "Art Works" 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 Early July   Late September Office of the Vice Provost for Research
NIH Director's Early Independence Award Mid-June Mid-August (optional LOI) Mid-September Office of the Vice Provost for Research
NSF Cultivating Cultures for Ethical Stem Early January   Mid-February Office of the Vice Provost for Research
NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) Early October   Early January Office of the Vice Provost for Research
NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) Early July Mid-October Mid-May Office of the Vice Provost for Research. Not offered every year. 
NSF Physics Frontiers Centers Late May Early August Late January Office of the Vice Provost for Research. Award is only offered every 3 years (January 2020)
NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program Late September Early December Early February Office of the Vice Provost for Research
NSF Science and Technology Centers (STC) Early May Late June Late January Office of the Vice Provost for Research. Offered every three years. 
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 Mid-March   Mid-October University Committee on Biological Sciences (UCBS)
Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program Mid-August Mid-September Mid-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 Foundation Investigators Program Early September   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.
Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research Early July   Early August FAS Research Development
Smith Family Odyssey Award Late January   Mid-March FAS Research Development
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