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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

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
Sponsor Deadlines:
Letter of Intent (required) – November 25, 2018 - December 6, 2018
Full Proposal – February 6, 2019 (5pm)

Synopsis of Program from NSF:

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

The program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary or convergent research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. Proposals are requested in any interdisciplinary or convergent research theme of national priority, with special emphasis on the research areas in NSF's 10 Big Ideas. The NSF research Big Ideas are Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR), The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF), Navigating the New Arctic (NNA), Windows on the Universe: The Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (WoU), The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution (QL), and Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype (URoL).

The NRT program addresses workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged.

Fordham may participate in two proposals for this competition. Participation includes serving as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or sub-awardee on any proposal. Additionally, an individual may serve as lead PI or a Co-PI on only one proposal.

If you are interested in submitting to this program please contact Kris Wolff, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs at

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Health and Climate Solutions
Sponsor Deadlines:
Brief Proposals: February 8, 2019 (3 p.m. Eastern)
Full Proposals (if invited): April 3, 2019 (3 p.m. Eastern)

Purpose of the Program from RWJF:

Through this funding opportunity, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seeks to develop and amplify the evidence around a set of approaches that improve community health and well-being and advance health equity, while also addressing climate change adaptation or mitigation. Eligible, local approaches can focus on one or more of a range of determinants of health—including, but not limited to: air quality; energy sources; transportation or mobility design; food and water systems; housing; and health systems. Proposals should specify the determinants of health that the given approach is addressing, and the expected impact on health and well-being. Grant funds will support research and evaluation activities to develop the best possible evidence highlighting what is working well with the select approach and why; where there have been opportunities and challenges; and how other communities may learn from this approach to tackle similar challenges. *All interventions eligible for this funding must have been implemented and active for at least one year as of the date of the application.

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

Whiting Foundation - Public Engagement Fellowships for 2020-2021
Internal Competition: March 19, 2019 by 5 p.m.
Full Proposals (if nominated) due to the Office of Sponsored Programs: June 7, 2019
Sponsor deadline: June 14, 2019

The Whiting Foundation has invited Fordham University to nominate faculty members in the humanities for two different fellowship opportunities. These programs fund ambitious, often collaborative projects to infuse into public life the richness, profundity, and nuance that give the humanities their lasting value.

Eligibility: Nominees must be full-time faculty as of September 2019; they must be pre-tenure, un-tenured, or have received tenure in the last five years. Full-time lecturers are eligible to apply, with approval of their chair.*(see note, below)

Nominations: Fordham is limited to submitting one Fellowship proposal to each of the two competitions. Prospective applicants are asked to submit an internal proposal by March 19, 2019, to Beth Torres, Humanities Grants Officer, at Faculty interested in applying should review the guidelines (see links to guidelines below) and provide: A. an answer to Question #1 (project overview and intended consequences), B. an answer to Question #4 (intended public and engagement plan), and C. a brief timeline and brief budget plan.

The Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship ($50,000) "celebrates and supports faculty in the humanities who embrace public engagement as part of the scholarly vocation. Proposals for the Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship should be far enough into development or execution to present specific, compelling evidence that they will successfully engage the intended public. Strong proposals will show evidence of both the overall strategy and the practical plan to implement the proposed project. Relationships with key collaborators should already be deeply developed, and, in some cases, the nominee and collaborators may have tested the idea in a pilot, or the project itself may already be underway. Nominees may propose to direct funds however will best meet the needs of the project. Funding may not be used to cover indirect costs of administering the program."

The Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Program also offers Seed Grants ($10,000) "for proposals with strong promise that would benefit from additional time and modest resources to deepen the planning, make or strengthen relationships with intended collaborators, or test the waters with a small-scale pilot related to the proposed project. The Seed Grant supports projects at an earlier stage of development than those eligible for the Fellowship Grant. However, proposals for Seed Grant funding should not be in the very first phase of development. The work proposed should be at the stage where a compelling vision has been fleshed out, including a clear sense of whose collaboration will be required and the ultimate scope and expected outcomes of the final product. Project proposers should be able to articulate specific short-term next steps required to advance the proposed project and understand the resources required to complete them."

Guidelines have been posted by the Foundation to this Dropbox link or you can download the PDF here: PDF download

*The Whiting Foundation uses the term, 'full-time adjuncts,' in the eligibility section of the guidelines, but this is not a position at Fordham. However, as noted above, full-time lecturers are eligible to apply with approval of their chair.