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

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

July 27, 2017

National Institutes of Health

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

The Shared Instrument Grant (SIG) program 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)

The purpose of the BHWET Program is 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

June 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 Jun 29, 2017 - Sponsor Letter of Intent
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 deadline: Jun 1, 2017

Application deadline: Sept 29, 2017

National Science Foundation

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

Makes grants that support 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

Use this description: The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. WSU Internal Instructions Dec 4, 2016

LOIs due: Dec 9,2016

Full Proposlas due: Feb 7, 2017

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 Oct 17, 2016

Nominations open: Sept 21 - Nov 16, 2016;

LOIs due: Nov 30, 2016

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

Oct 24, 2016

Feb 10, 2017

Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program  To support new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research directions. WSU Internal Instructions Oct 24, 2016 Letter of Intent: Jan 4, 2017

Michigan Health Endowment Fund

2017 Community Health Impact Health Responsive Grant Program

Improve the health of Michigan residents, with special emphasis on the health and wellness of children and seniors, while reducing the cost of health care. Preference for projects that focus on health-related technology enhancements.

WSU Internal Instructions

Oct 14, 2016

Nov 7, 2016

Michigan Health Endowment Fund

2017 Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles Grant Program Opportunities

Identify and support projects that are innovative and directly linked to food, health and wellness. Emphasis on children and family involvement, with an interest in multigenerational approaches.

WSU Internal Instructions

Oct 18, 2016

Nov 11, 2016

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

Sept 28, 2016

Jan 11, 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) due: Sept 14, 2016; Full proposal (by invitation only) due: Apr 24, 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

Aug 8, 2016

Sept 29, 2016

Michigan Health Endownment Fund Healthy Aging Grant Program

Focused on improving access and availability of integrated comprehensive services for older adults that are delivered in a person-centered way.

WSU Internal Instructions

Jul 1, 2016

Aug15, 2016

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

Letter of Intent: 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)

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)

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

Letter of Intent: Oct 30, 2015; full proposal: Nov 30, 2015

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Bridges to Baccalaureate Program (R25)

Intended 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

May 11, 2015

LOI due:
Jul 1, 2015;
Proposal due: Oct 1, 2015

ORAU Events Sponsorship Program

The 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)

The goal of this program is 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

Junior faculty funding for innovative and insightful medical research on the 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

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 coordination instructions


 Jan 11, 2016, 12pm

St. Baldrick's Foundation

Funds for Childhood Cancer Research

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

Contact Wei-Zen Wei, Karmanos Cancer Institute, at weiw@karmanos.org.

Contact Wei-Zen Wei, Karmanos Cancer Institute, at weiw@karmanos.org.

FALL LOI deadline: Jul 2, 2014; application deadline: Aug 29, 2014

Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation

The Mary Kay Foundation accepts grant applications from Nov to mid-Feb each year. Download an application now.

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

Contact Wei-Zen Wei, Karmanos Cancer Institute, at weiw@karmanos.org.


Accepts grant applications from Nov to mid-Feb each year.