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 (email@example.com).
|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||Early December||
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||Early January||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||Mid-January||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. Harvard was invited in 2021.
|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 December||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. The last application cycle was held in 2020.
|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|