Limited submissions are funding opportunities that limit the number of applications or nominations an institution may put forward. At Boston University, the limited submission process is managed by the Office of Research. On the Medical Campus, the process is coordinated by Dr. Andrew Taylor.

Current Opportunities

All current competitions can be found at Announcements distributed by the Office of Research are all available on our funding announcements page.

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  • The Office of Research manages all limited submission applications and nominations submitted by Boston University’s Charles River Campus. As such, all announcements of limited submissions will be disseminated by the Office of Research. If you do not see a competition you are interested in on InfoReady, please bring it to our attention as soon as possible by contacting Joe Farmer.
  • Announcements are generally distributed from the Office of Research to the appropriate Associate Deans for Research (or equivalent) or to Center Directors. Those offices then distribute the announcements to appropriate faculty members.
  • Deadlines for specific limited submissions may differ from year to year depending on when a sponsor announces a particular competition.


  • To apply, please submit materials via BU InfoReady Review or contact Joe Farmer for application directions.
  • Faculty may not apply directly for an opportunity without institutional endorsement. It is essential you bring the opportunity to the Office of Research as quickly as possible, as an internal selection process may still need to be conducted even if the deadline is very close.
  • Before you apply for a limited submission opportunity, please make sure to check the announcement and sponsor documentation for eligibility, specific deadline, and submission information. In requesting to be considered by the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research for these limited submission funding opportunities, you are making a commitment, if selected, to submit your proposal to the sponsor in a timely manner. As such, please make sure that, if selected internally, you will be able to submit the final application by the sponsor deadline.

Internal Selection Process

  • The Vice President and Associate Provost for Research will convene a committee to review all applications and select candidates and will coordinate with the Medical Campus on joint opportunities.
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Major Annual Opportunities

The table below contains a few of the major limited submission opportunities managed by the Office of Research. Announcement dates can change at the funder’s discretion, due to the availability of funds, or a variety of other factors. The table is not an exhaustive list of all opportunities. Please check InfoReady for a list of current opportunities.

SponsorOpportunityTimeline for Internal Announcement (Approximate)
Mellon FoundationNew Directions FellowshipEarly Summer Annually
Alfred P Sloan FoundationSloan Research FellowshipsSummer Annually
NIHNational Institutes of HealthDirector’s Early Independence Awards (DP5 Clinical Trial Optional)Summer Annually
Rita Allen FoundationRita Allen ScholarsSummer Annually
SamsungSamsung GROSummer Annually
Simons FoundationSimons Foundation Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Computer ScienceSummer Annually
The Greenwall FoundationGreenwall Faculty Scholars in BioethicsSummer Annually
The Blavatnik Family FoundationBlavatnik Nation AwardsLate Summer Annually
Moore FoundationMoore Inventor FellowsLate Summer/Early Fall Annually
NSFNational Science FoundationInnovations in Graduate Education (IGE) ProgramLate Summer/Early Fall Annually
Brain Research FoundationSeed GrantsFall Annually
Keck FoundationResearch GrantsFall Annually
NSFMajor Research Instrumentation (MRI)Late Fall Annually
AgilentAgilent Early Career Professor AwardWinter Annually
MicrosoftFaculty FellowsWinter Annually
NSFResearch Traineeship (NRT) ProgramWinter Annually
NSFScholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)Winter Annually
NIHInstrumentation Grants (SIG and HEI)Late Winter Annually
1907 Research1907 Trailblazer AwardSpring Annually
Brain Research FoundationScientific Innovation AwardSpring Annually
Charles H Hood FoundationMajor Grants InitiativeSpring Annually
Edward Mallinckrodt Jr FoundationMallinckrodt Foundation GrantsSpring Annually
Hartwell FoundationIndividual Biomedical Research AwardsSpring Annually
NIHCollaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1)Spring and Fall Annually
NIHRuth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the NeurosciencesSpring Biennial, Even years
Pew Charitable TrustsPew Biomedical ScholarsSpring Annually
Kinship FoundationSearle ScholarsLate Spring Annually
The William T. Grant FoundationWilliam T. Grant ScholarsLate Spring/Early Summer Annually

How to Apply for Limited Submission Funding Opportunities at Boston University