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
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. 18, 2023 by 5 pm Nomination: Nov. 14, 2023

Application: Dec. 13, 2023

NSF National Quantum Virtual Laboratory (NQVL), Quantum Science and Technology Demonstrations (QSTD): I. Pilot Phase

The National Quantum Initiative (NQI) Act aims to ensure the continuing leadership of the United States (U.S.) in quantum information science and technology. In conformance with the NQI goals, an argument was set forth for a renewed emphasis on identifying and fostering early adoption of quantum technologies to transform the field of Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE) and to accelerate broader impacts on society.

WSU Internal Coordinating Instructions Sept. 26, 2023 Nov. 30, 2023
Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant

The objective of the BRF Seed Grant Program is to support new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research directions. BRF Seed Grant awards are not intended to supplement existing grants.

WSU Internal Coordinating Instructions November 1, 2023 November 21, 2023
John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity

The main criterion for the prize is deep achievement in the study of humanity. Nominees need not have worked primarily in academic institutions, but they are expected to have developed, in their creative pursuits or careers, unique insights into the forces that have shaped and continue to shape humankind. Candidates should be distinguished by their intellectual achievements, by the fundamental importance of their work and its impact on public affairs and civil society, and by the ability to communicate the significance of their work to broad audiences.

WSU Internal Coordinating Instructions September 27, 2023 November 1, 2023
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Program Summer stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months at any stage of development. NEH funds may support recipients' compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research. Summer stipends are awarded to individual scholars. WSU Internal Coordinating Instructions August 30, 2023 September 20, 2023
NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program (MRI Program Website) serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. An MRI award supports the acquisition of a multi-user research instrument that is commercially available through direct purchase from a vendor, or for the personnel costs and equipment that are required for the development of an instrument with new capabilities, thereby advancing instrumentation capabilities and enhancing expertise for instrument design and fabrication at academic institutions. MRI instruments are, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.

MRI provides support to acquire critical research instrumentation, without which advances in fundamental science and engineering research may not otherwise occur. MRI also provides support to obtain next-generation research instruments by developing instruments with new capabilities that open new opportunities to advance the frontiers in science and engineering research. Additionally, an MRI award is expected to enhance research training of students who will become the next generation of instrument users, designers and builders.

WSU Internal Coordinating Instruction

Pre-submission meeting with OVPR Research Development staff: June 5-30; Limited submission opportunity competition proposal due July 17, 2023, 5 pm.

November 15, 2023
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 May 23, 2023 LOI to Brain Research Foundation: June 22, 2023; Full proposal for those selected to submit: Oct. 10, 2023, 4 p.m. CT