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 email

Limited submissions

Sponsor/Program Program description Internal instructions Internal deadline Sponsor deadline
Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust Catalyst Award Program

The Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medial Research Trust Catalyst Research Award Program provides up to $350,000 seed funding over one to two years, to support translational research that can be transferred to clinical practice in the near term.

The award supports planning and development of projects, teams, tools, techniques, and management infrastructure necessary to lay the foundation for a subsequent two to three years $1M Transformational Award. Transformational projects must have achieved Catalyst milestones and aim to move a healthcare innovation toward the next step in commercial development.

WSU Internal Coordination Instructions Midnight, March 28, 2023 June 15, 2023, 2 p.m. EST
NSF Accelerating Research Translation The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to increase the scale and pace of advancing discoveries made while conducting academic research into tangible solutions that benefit the public. This is the primary aim of the "Accelerating Research Translation" (ART) program. Specifically, the primary goals of this program are to build capacity and infrastructure for translational research at U.S. Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) and to enhance their role in regional innovation ecosystems. In addition, this program seeks to effectively train graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in translational research, benefiting them across a range of career options. WSU internal coordination instructions Mar. 3, 2023 May 9, 2023
NSF S-STEM-Net The National Science Foundation seeks to foster a network of S-STEM stakeholders and further develop the infrastructure needed to generate and disseminate new knowledge, successful practices and effective design principles arising from NSF S-STEM projects nationwide. The ultimate vision of the legislation governing the S-STEM parent program (and of the current S-STEM-Net solicitation) is that all Americans, regardless of economic status, should be able to contribute to the American innovation economy if they so desire. WSU internal coordination instructions Mar. 6, 2023 Mar. 29, 2023
NSF Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The 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. WSU internal coordinating instructions Mar. 1, 2023 Mar. 25, 2023

Ono Pharma Foundation

Breakthrough Science Initiative Awards Program (Ono Initiative)

Target research of Chemical Biology is not specified by the Ono Initiative.
Chemical Biology is defined as research that deals with the interface between chemistry and biology. The criteria for this field are deliberately broad so as not to disqualify potentially innovative and groundbreaking projects.
WSU internal coordinating instructions Feb. 8, 2023 Feb. 15, 2023
National Science Foundation Strengthening the Cyberinfrastructure Professionals Ecosystem (SCIPE)

The overarching goal of this solicitation is to democratize access to NSF's advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) ecosystem and ensure fair and equitable access to resources, services, and expertise by strengthening how Cyberinfrastructure Professionals (CIP) function in this ecosystem.

WSU internal coordinating instructions Jan. 25, 2023 Feb. 23, 2023

ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

Provides seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU universities.

WSU internal coordinating instructions

Nov. 16, 2022

Jan 9, 2023

The Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine

Discoveries in the biomedical sciences and innovations in clinical medicine have led to significant victories in our longstanding war against illness and suffering. With the mapping of the entire human genome, we are now closer to the understanding of the mechanisms of life, aging, illness and death, opening up exciting new opportunities for advances in therapeutics. Novel insights in the life science and technological advances in medicine will result in better health and an improved quality of life for the human race in the new century.

WSU internal coordinating instructions Oct. 26, 2022 by 5 pm Nomination due from WSU by November 30, 2022
The Moore Inventor Fellows Focuses on supporting scientist-inventors at a critical stage of research to capture opportunities that otherwise might be missed. WSU internal coordinating instructions LOI: Oct. 26, 2022 by 5 pm Nomination: Nov. 14, 2022

Application:Dec. 13, 2022

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 coordinating instructions October 10, 2022 by 5 pm Nomination due from WSU by Oct. 26, 2022
Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program Aims to fule development of female STEM2D leaders and feed the STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their careers, in each of the STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design. WSU internal coordinating instructions August 31, 2022 September 30, 2022
NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program Serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training.  Contact Mary Serowik at for details August 19, 2022 January 1 - 19, 2023
Pew Biomedical Scholars Program The Pew Charitable Trusts has invited Wayne State University to nominate a candidate for the 2023 Pew Biomedical Scholars Program. The Pew Biomedical Scholars Program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The award provides $300,000 in flexible support—$75,000 per year for a four-year period. WSU internal coordinating instructions Apr. 22, 2022

5/18/2022 - WSU Nomination

9/8/2022 - Full Application


Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award

Brain Research Foundation's Scientific Innovations Award Program provides funding 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.

WSU internal coordinating instructions June 3, 2022 LOI to Brain Research Foundation: June 23, 2022; Full proposal for those selected to submit: Oct. 4, 2022