Wayne State University

Limited submissions funding opportunities

Some external grant opportunities allow limited institutional submissions. In those cases, internal competitions are held. If a Request for Proposals (RFP) indicates that the university is limited in the number of submissions it is allowed, please contact Sarah James.

Limited submissions


Program description

Internal instructions


Sponsor deadline

Moore Inventor Fellows

Supporting promising scientist-problem solvers with a passion for inventing

WSU internal instructions

Jan 12, 2018

Nominations due: Feb 12, 2018

Application materials due: Mar 5, 2018

Michigan Health Endowment Fund 2018 Community Health Impact Program

Supports endeavors that improve the health and wellness of Michigan's residents with particular emphasis on children and seniors

WSU internal instructions

Nov 20, 2017

Dec 21, 2017

Health and Human Services Diabetic Foot Consortium - Clinical Research Units (U01)

Aims to form the new Diabetic Foot Consortium (DFC) for multi-site clinical research to validate biomarkers for diabetic foot ulcers that that can predict healing outcomes, guide treatment, and monitor healing and response to treatment

WSU internal instructions

Nov 13, 2017

LOI: Dec 23, 2017

Application: Jan 23, 2018

Michigan Health Endowment Fund 2018 Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles Initiative

Supports innovative projects that are directly linked to nutrition education; food access, security and equity; and health and wellness

WSU internal instructions

Nov 8, 2017

Dec 11, 2017

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation

Camille Dreyfus Scholar-Teacher Award

Supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences WSU internal instructions Nov 6, 2017 Feb 8, 2018

NIGMS Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1)

Designed to support highly integrated research teams of three to six PD/PIs to address ambitious and challenging biomedical problems that are important for the mission of NIGMS and are beyond the scope of one or two investigators

WSU internal instructions

Oct 15, 2017

LOI: 30 days prior to application due date

Application: Jan 25, 2018

Brain Research Foundation

Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program 

Supports new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research directions

WSU internal instructions

Oct 9, 2017

Jan 8, 2018

Oak Ridge Association Universities (ORAU)

Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

Provides seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU universities

WSU internal instructions

Oct 2, 2017

Jan 8, 2018

Blavatnik Family Foundation

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

Recognizes the country's most promising young faculty-rank scientists and engineers in the disciplinary categories of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering and Chemistry

WSU Internal Instructions

Sept 25, 2017

Nominations: Sept 27, 2017 until Nov 15, 2017

Letters of support: Nov 29, 2017

National Science Foundation

Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program

Serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training WSU internal instructions Email OVPR at mserowik@wayne.edu by July 26, 2017 to set up a meeting to discuss details of your proposal.
Jan 10, 2018

Michigan Health Endowment Fund 2017 Healthy Aging Initiatives

Supports projects to improve access and availability of integrated, comprehensive services for older adults that are delivered in a person-centered way

WSU internal coordinating instructions

Jul 12, 2017

Aug 8, 2017

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend

Supports individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both

WSU internal coordinating instructions

Jun 26, 2017

Sept 27, 2017 for projects beginning May, 2018

Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust Awards Programs Catalyst Award

Provides one year of seed funding to support high-risk, high-reward projects that address critical scientific and therapeutic roadblocks within the Program's principal areas of focus

WSU internal instructions

May 22, 2017

Jul 27, 2017

National Institutes of Health

NIH's Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program (S10)

Encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instruments or integrated systems that cost at least $50,000

WSU internal instructions

May 17, 2017

May 31, 2017

Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program (HRSA-17-070)

Seeks to develop and expand the behavioral health workforce serving populations across the lifespan, including in rural and medically underserved areas

WSU internal instructions

May 17, 2017

Jun 12, 2017

Brain Research Foundation's Scientific Innovations Award in Neuroscience

Supports innovative discovery science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators

WSU internal instructions

May 3, 2017

anticipated Jun 29, 2018

American Diabetes Association's Pathway to Stop Diabetes

Supports innovative basic, clinical, translational, epidemiological, behavioral, or health services research relevant to any diabetes type, diabetes-related disease state, or diabetes complication

WSU internal instructions

May 3, 2017

Jul 3, 2017

Kinship Foundation
Searle Scholars Program

Supports research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level in their first tenure-track position

WSU internal coordinating instructions

May 3, 2017

Nomination: Jun 1, 2017

Application: Sept 29, 2017

National Science Foundation

Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)

Provides scholarships for academically talented students demonstrating financial need, enabling them to enter the STEM workforce or STEM graduate school

WSU internal coordinating instructions

Jan 16, 2017

Mar 29, 2017

NSF Research Traineeship

NSF Research traineeship (NRT) Program

Encourages the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training

WSU Internal Instructions

Dec 4, 2016

LOI: Dec 9, 2016

Full Proposal: Feb 7, 2017

National Science Foundation

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program

Supports fundamental, international research and education in physical, living, human, and engineered systems

WSU internal coordinating instructions

Aug 24, 2016

Preliminary proposal (required): Sept 14, 2016; Full proposal (by invitation only): Apr 24, 2017

National Science Foundation Physics Frontier Center

Supports university-based centers and institutes where the collective efforts of a larger group of individuals can enable transformational advances in the most promising research areas

WSU internal instructions

Jun 20, 2016

Aug 1, 2016
Full proposal (by invitation only): Jan 30, 2017

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program (DHS-15-GPD-044-000-98)

Seeks to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards

WSU internal instructions

Apr 8, 2016

May 6, 2016

National Science Foundation Scalable Nanomanufacuting (SNM)

Focuses on collaborative research and education in the area of Scalable Nanomanufacturing

WSU internal instructions

Jan 22, 2016

Feb 16, 2016

National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences
Nanomaterials Health Implications Research (NHIR): Comprehensive Evaluation of Interactions between Engineered Nanomaterials and Biological System (U01)

Supports research projects to investigate interactions between ENMs and biological systems to generate comprehensive biological response profiles for ENMs that will be provided by Engineered nanomaterials Resource and Coordination Core (ERCC) being solicited through a companion FOA (RFA-ES-15-012)

WSU internal coordinating instructions

Sept 14, 2015

Oct 30, 2015

full proposal: Nov 30, 2015

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Bridges to Baccalaureate Program (R25)

Intends to increase community college students from diverse backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences

WSU internal instructions

May 18, 2015

Sept 25, 2015

Brain Research Foundation

Scientific Innovations Award in Neuroscience

Provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience

WSU internal instructions

Mar 5, 2018

anticipated: LOI:
Jun 29, 2018
anticipated invited proposal:  Sept 27, 2018

ORAU Events Sponsorship Program

Provides up to $4,000 to support events that involve participants from more than one ORAU institution

WSU internal instructions

If event is Apr 1 - Sep 30: Feb 9, 2015

If event is Oct 1 - May 21 of the following year:
Jul 6, 2015

If event is Apr 1 - Sept. 30: Mar 1, 2015

If event is Oct 1 - May 21 of the following year: Sept 1, 2015

National Science Foundation

Improvements to Biological Research Collections (BRC)

Aims to strengthen the infrastructure critical to conducting basic research in areas within the purview of the NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)

WSU Internal Instructions


Jul 13, 2015

National Science Foundation

Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI: BIC)

Provides funds for an academic institution with an existing sound scientific an/or engineering-based research discovery that can be translated to market-valued solutions

WSU internal coordinating instructions


LOI Deadline Dec: 03, 2014

Full Proposal: Jan 28, 2015

National Science Foundation Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)

Focuses on collaborative research and education in the area of Scalable Nanomanufacturing

WSU internal instructions

Dec 8, 2014

Jan 20, 2015

Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research

Junior Faculty Grant

Supports innovative and insightful medical research by junior faculty on hematologic malignancies

WSU internal coordinating instructions


Aug 15, 2015

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

Provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health

WSU internal coordinating instructions

2016 - TBA

Application for 2017 awards open Aug 2016

St. Baldrick's Foundation
Funds for Childhood Cancer Research


Funds livesaving research that focus on all major types of childhood cancers

Contact Valerie Wade, Karmanos Cancer Institute, at researchadmin@karmanos.org or call 313-578-4400

Contact Valerie Wade, Karmanos Cancer Institute, at researchadmin@karmanos.org or call 313-578-4400

LOI: Jul 7, 2017 for July 1, 2018 awards

Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation


Supports innovative grants for translational research in ovarian, uterine, breast, or cervical cancer

Contact Valerie Wade, Karmanos Cancer Institute, at researchadmin@karmanos.org or call 313-578-4400