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
ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities. Research projects must be in one of the following disciplines: engineering and applied science, life sciences, mathematics/computer science, physical sciences, or policy, management, education.

WSU internal instructions Nov. 15, 2023 Jan. 8, 2024
The Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine

The Shaw Prize honors individuals, regardless of race, nationality, gender, and religious belief, who are currently active in their respective fields and who have recently achieved distinguished and significant advances, who have made outstanding contributions in academic and scientific research or applications, or who in other domains have achieved excellence. The Shaw Prize is dedicated to furthering societal progress, enhancing quality of life, and enriching humanity’s spiritual civilization.

WSU internal instructions Oct. 26, 2023 Nov. 30, 2023
Frontiers Planet Prize

The Frontiers Planet Prize aims to boost research into solutions for the planetary crisis at a global level by fostering a passionate competition between scientists, universities, and nations to fund and develop science that provides real solutions to the global environmental threats we face.

WSU internal coordinating instructions LOI: Oct. 16, 2023

Nominations: Nov. 1, 2023

Application: Dec. 1, 2023

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
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