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Limited Submission Opportunities

On occasion, a funding opportunity will arise that is limited to just one or two proposals from each institution. In that case, an internal competition is necessary to pick the most promising applications. Please contact Kris Wolff, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, to express interest in these opportunities at or 718-817-4086.

Current List of Opportunities

Brain Research Foundation - Scientific Innovations Award
Sponsor Deadlines:
LOIs: June 25, 2019 (4 p.m. Central Time)
Full Proposals (if invited): September 24, 2019 (4 p.m. Central Time)

Purpose of the Program from Brain Research Foundation:

Brain Research Foundation has invited eligible US academic institutions to nominate one senior faculty member (Associate and Full Professor) to submit a Letter of Intent for the Scientific Innovations Award. This program provides funding -- $150,000 in direct costs over two years -- for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators. The objective of the SIA is to support projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings. It is expected that investigations supported by these grants will yield high impact findings and result in major grant applications and significant publications in high impact journals.

Fordham may put forward only one nominee for this competition. If you are interested in submitting to this program please review the full RFP by clicking on the link in the grant title, paying careful attention to the eligibility criteria, and contact Kris Wolff, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs at

NSF - Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships
Sponsor Deadlines:
Preliminary Proposals: June 25, 2019 (by 5pm)
Full Proposals (if invited): January 27, 2020 (by 5pm)

Synopsis from NSF:

This program supports exceptionally innovative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs focus on creating new scientific paradigms, establishing entirely new scientific disciplines and developing transformative technologies which have the potential for broad scientific or societal impact. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among institutions of higher education, national laboratories, industrial organizations, other public or private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. They provide a means to undertake potentially groundbreaking investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or highly innovative approaches within disciplines. STCs may involve any area of science and engineering that NSF supports. STC investments support the NSF vision of creating and exploiting new concepts in science and engineering and providing global leadership in research and education.

Centers provide a rich environment for encouraging future scientists, engineers, and educators to take risks in pursuing discoveries and new knowledge. STCs foster excellence in education by integrating education and research, and by creating bonds between learning and inquiry so that discovery and creativity fully support the learning process.

NSF expects STCs to demonstrate leadership in the involvement of groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering at all levels (faculty, students, and postdoctoral researchers) within the Center. Centers use either proven or innovative mechanisms to address issues such as recruitment, retention and mentorship of participants from underrepresented groups. Centers must undertake activities that facilitate knowledge transfer, i.e., the exchange of scientific and technical information with the objective of disseminating and utilizing knowledge broadly in multiple sectors. Examples of knowledge transfer include technology transfer, providing key information to public policy-makers, or dissemination of knowledge from one field of science to another.

Fordham may submit three proposals as the lead institution for this competition, and NSF states they will support no more than one center from any lead institution. A PI or Co-PI may only participate in one application total. (There is no limit to the number of applications an institution can participate in as a partner institution.) If you are interested in submitting to this program please review the full RFP by clicking on the link in the title, and contact Kris Wolff, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs at

NEH - Summer Stipends
Internal Competition Deadline: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 5pm
Sponsor Deadline: September 25, 2019 at 11:59pm

From the NEH Website:
The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Stipends program aims to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication. The program works to accomplish this goal by:
 • Providing small awards ($6,000) to individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.
 • Supporting projects at any stage of development, but most especially early-stage research and late-stage writing in which small awards are most effective. 

Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. NEH funds may support recipients' compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research.

The NEH Summer Stipends website has several sample funded proposals. Potential applicants should read these for the style, content, and format of past grantees.

The award is for individual scholars who have been nominated by their institution. Fordham may nominate only two faculty members.

If you want to be considered for this limited submission, please submit a 3-page, single-spaced project narrative, a 1-page bibliography, and 2-page CV to Beth Torres at by the date above. Instructions for writing the 3-page narrative begin on page 13 of the RFP: NEH Summer Stipends.

Your proposal will be reviewed by the internal Fordham Summer Stipends committee. Notifications will be made in time for nominees to polish their proposals before the NEH's deadline.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Torres, Grants Officer, at 718-817-0861 or