Limited Submission Opportunities

Limited Submissions

On occasion, a funding opportunity will arise that is limited to just one or two proposals from each institution. In that case, an internal competition is necessary to pick the most promising applications. Please contact Kris Wolff, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, to express interest in these opportunities at or 718-817-4086.

Current list of Opportunities (click on links to go to the full descriptions)

NIH/NIGMS - Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA)
Full Proposal – November 20, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Synopsis of Program from NIH:
The over-arching goal of this program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. To assure the vitality and continued productivity of the research enterprise, the NIGMS provides leadership in training the next generation of scientists, in enhancing the diversity of the scientific workforce and in developing research capacities throughout the country. The SEPA program supports P-12 and informal science education (ISE) activities that: (1) enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce and (2) foster a better understanding of NIH-funded biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its public health implications. Applications that target P-12 or ISE topics that may not be addressed by existing school, community or ISE-based activities are encouraged. Proposed projects may focus on any area of NIH-funded research.

Organizations are limited to submitting one application to this program, and limited to holding one SEPA award at a time as the lead institution. Fordham University, as a subaward on an active SEPA grant held at another university, is eligible to submit an application for an additional SEPA program, but it must be distinct from the current one. If you are interested in submitting to this program please contact Kris Wolff at

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
Sponsor Deadlines:
Letter of Intent (required) – December 6, 2017
Full Proposal – February 6, 2018

Synopsis of Program from NSF:

The NRT program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for 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.

The program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. For FY2018, proposals are requested in any interdisciplinary research theme of national priority, with special emphasis on two high priority areas: (1) Harnessing the Data Revolution and (2) Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems. 

The NRT program addresses workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged.

Fordham may participate in two proposals for this competition. Participation includes serving as a lead organization on a non-collaborative proposal or as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on a collaborative proposal. Additionally, an individual may only serve as a PI or a Co-PI on one proposal.

FAQs for this program can be found at:

If you are interested in submitting to this program please contact Kris Wolff, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs at

Brain Research Foundation (BRF) - Fay/Frank Seed Grant
Letter of Intent – January 8, 2018 at 4 pm CST (5pm Eastern)

Fordham University has been invited to nominate one (1) faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program by January 8, 2018. To be eligible, the PI must be a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor working in the field of neuroscience.

Brain Research Foundation’s Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program was founded in 1981 with the goal of providing start-up money for new and innovative research projects that have the potential to become competitive for an NIH grant or other external funding sources. Our goal is to have this grant succeed in opening future opportunities for research, collaboration and scientific advancement.

After the LOI is submitted and reviewed, if accepted, a notification with instructions to submit a full application will be sent in February 2018. If the application is approved, the faculty member will be notified in May 2018.

The award is limited to $80,000 (direct costs) for a two-year grant period.

If you are interested in being nominated for this award program please contact Kris Wolff at Download the Fay/Frank Seed Grant Application Guideline at this link: Guidelines. Frequently Asked Questions can be found here: FAQs.

UPDATE: We have a nominee identified to submit a LOI. Thank you!

NSF - Major Research Instrumentation program (MRI)
Full Proposal – January 10, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Synopsis of Program from NSF:
The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally. Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use. Development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged.

The MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of a shared research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. The program does not fund research projects or provide ongoing support for operating or maintaining facilities or centers. The instrument acquired or developed is expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, a proposal must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single, well-integrated instrument.

The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories or facilities, or that can be used to conduct independent research activities simultaneously. Instrument acquisition or development proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million may be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 may also be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences and from non-PhD-granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines. Cost-sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost is required for PhD-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations.

Fordham may submit three applications; if three are submitted, at least one must be for instrument development. Note that Fordham falls into the category of "PhD-granting institutions" and therefore the 30% cost match is required.
If you are interested in submitting to this program please contact Kris Wolff at

NIH/NIGMS - Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams
Full Proposal –
First Round: January 25, 2018 at 5p.m.
Second Round: May 25, 2018 at 5p.m.

Synopsis of Program from NIH:
This funding opportunity announcement encourages Collaborative Program Grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose to conduct research to address complex and challenging biomedical problems, important for the mission of NIGMS, through deeply integrated, multidisciplinary research teams. The Collaborative Program Grant is designed to support research in which funding a team of interdependent investigators offers significant advantages over support of individual research project grants. Applications should address critical issues and be sufficiently challenging, ambitious, and innovative that objectives could not be achieved by individual investigators.

Applications that are mainly focused on the creation, expansion, and/or maintenance of community resources, creation of new technologies or infrastructure development are not appropriate for this FOA. Clinical Trials are not allowed under this program. Consultation with relevant NIGMS staff at least 10 weeks prior to the application due date is strongly encouraged.

Fordham may submit only one application per round to this program. If you are interested in submitting, please contact Kris Wolff at