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)

NSF - Major Research Instrumentation program (MRI)
Full Proposal Window – January 29, 2018 - February 05, 2018 by 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

UPDATE: We have two parties identified to submit to this opportunity. Thank you!

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

NSF - Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)
Full Proposal – March 28, 2018 at 5p.m.

Synopsis of Program from NSF:
Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education to fund scholarships and to advance the adaptation, implementation, and study of effective evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, transfer (if appropriate), student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM. The S-STEM program encourages collaborations among different types of partners: Partnerships among different types of institutions; collaborations of STEM faculty and institutional, educational, and social science researchers; and partnerships among institutions of higher education and local business and industry, if appropriate.

The program seeks: 1) to increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in STEM and entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM; 2) to improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on academically talented low-income students; and 3) to generate knowledge to advance understanding of how factors or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM of low-income students.

The STEM disciplines supported by the S-STEM program include:

-Biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields);
-Physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science);
-Mathematical sciences;
-Computer and information sciences;
-Engineering; and
-Technology areas associated with the preceding disciplines (for example, biotechnology, chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology, etc.)

Fordham may submit one proposal (either as a single institution or as subawardee or a member of a Collaborative Research project) from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an eligible field. If you are interested in submitting, please contact Kris Wolff at