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

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

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 18, 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 due: 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)

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

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 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

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

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 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)

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

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

Mar 5, 2018

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

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

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 deadline 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