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 at 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 Early April   Early July Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Late September   Early November Not a limited submission, but an institutional endorsement letter is required. Contact FAS Research Development for help obtaining institutional endorsement.
Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship Early October   Early December Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists Mid-September   Mid-November Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Early November Early January Early April Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award Early May Early July Early October Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award Program Early December   Mid-February Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award Early November   Mid-February University Committee on Biological Sciences (UCBS)
Dana Foundation Neuroimaging Program Early December Late February By invitation Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Google U.S/Canada Ph.D. Research Fellowship Mid-August   Late October Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Graduate Students Awards for the Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates Mid-September   Mid-December Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Graham Foundation for the Fine Arts Production and Presentation Grants N/A Late February Late April One nomination per department. Each department will have its own selection process.
Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics Mid-September Early October Mid-January Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Keck Medical Research Program (Fall) Early June Early November By invitation Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Keck Medical Research Program (Spring) Mid-November Early May By invitation Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Keck Science and Engineering Program (Fall) Early June Early November By invitation Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Keck Science and Engineering Program (Spring) Mid-November Early May By invitation Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Mallinckrodt Grants Early May   Early August FAS Research Development
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
Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship Mid-August   Mid-October Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship Program Mid-September   Mid-October Office of the Vice Provost for Research
National Endowment for the Arts "Art Works" Grants for Arts Projects Early December   Early March or Early August Office of the Vice Provost for Research
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends Mid-July   Late September Office of the Vice Provost for Research
NIH Director's Early Independence Award Late June Mid-August (optional LOI) Mid-September Office of the Vice Provost for Research
NIH Fogarty International Center Framework Programs for Global Health Innovation Mid-September Mid-November Mid-December Office of the Vice Provost for Research
NIH Fogarty International Center NCD-LIFESPAN Early December Mid-March Mid-April Office of the Vice Provost for Research
NSF Cultivating Cultures for Ethical Stem Early October   Mid-February Office of the Vice Provost for Research
NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) Early October   Late 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 Early May Early August Early January Office of the Vice Provost for Research. Award is only offered every 3 years (January 2014 the most recent deadline)
NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program Late September Early December Early February Office of the Vice Provost for Research
NSF Science and Technology Centers (STC) Mid-September Mid-December Mid-June Office of the Vice Provost for Research. Offered every three years.  Next NSF deadline is anticipated June 2018.
Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering Early December Mid-March (nomination only) Mid-April Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Distinguished Investigator Award Mid-August   Late October Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Early April   Early November University Committee on Biological Sciences (UCBS)
Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships Early October   Mid December Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program Early November Early February By invitation 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 June   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 Mid-May   Early September FAS Research Development
W.T. Grant Scholars Program Mid-April   Early July FAS Research Development