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Limited Submission Opportunities

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

Brain Research Foundation - Scientific Innovations Award
Sponsor Deadlines:
LOIs: June 25, 2019 (4 p.m. Central Time)
Full Proposals (if invited): September 24, 2019 (4 p.m. Central Time)

Purpose of the Program from Brain Research Foundation:

Brain Research Foundation has invited eligible US academic institutions to nominate one senior faculty member (Associate and Full Professor) to submit a Letter of Intent for the Scientific Innovations Award. This program provides funding -- $150,000 in direct costs over two years -- 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.

Fordham may put forward only one nominee for this competition. If you are interested in submitting to this program please review the full RFP by clicking on the link in the grant title, paying careful attention to the eligibility criteria, and contact Kris Wolff, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs at

Whiting Foundation - Public Engagement Fellowships for 2020-2021
Internal Competition: March 19, 2019 by 5 p.m.
Full Proposals (if nominated) due to the Office of Sponsored Programs: June 7, 2019
Sponsor deadline: June 14, 2019

The Whiting Foundation has invited Fordham University to nominate faculty members in the humanities for two different fellowship opportunities. These programs fund ambitious, often collaborative projects to infuse into public life the richness, profundity, and nuance that give the humanities their lasting value.

Eligibility: Nominees must be full-time faculty as of September 2019; they must be pre-tenure, un-tenured, or have received tenure in the last five years. Full-time lecturers are eligible to apply, with approval of their chair.*(see note, below)

Nominations: Fordham is limited to submitting one Fellowship proposal to each of the two competitions. Prospective applicants are asked to submit an internal proposal by March 19, 2019, to Beth Torres, Humanities Grants Officer, at Faculty interested in applying should review the guidelines (see links to guidelines below) and provide: A. an answer to Question #1 (project overview and intended consequences), B. an answer to Question #4 (intended public and engagement plan), and C. a brief timeline and brief budget plan.

The Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship ($50,000) "celebrates and supports faculty in the humanities who embrace public engagement as part of the scholarly vocation. Proposals for the Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship should be far enough into development or execution to present specific, compelling evidence that they will successfully engage the intended public. Strong proposals will show evidence of both the overall strategy and the practical plan to implement the proposed project. Relationships with key collaborators should already be deeply developed, and, in some cases, the nominee and collaborators may have tested the idea in a pilot, or the project itself may already be underway. Nominees may propose to direct funds however will best meet the needs of the project. Funding may not be used to cover indirect costs of administering the program."

The Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Program also offers Seed Grants ($10,000) "for proposals with strong promise that would benefit from additional time and modest resources to deepen the planning, make or strengthen relationships with intended collaborators, or test the waters with a small-scale pilot related to the proposed project. The Seed Grant supports projects at an earlier stage of development than those eligible for the Fellowship Grant. However, proposals for Seed Grant funding should not be in the very first phase of development. The work proposed should be at the stage where a compelling vision has been fleshed out, including a clear sense of whose collaboration will be required and the ultimate scope and expected outcomes of the final product. Project proposers should be able to articulate specific short-term next steps required to advance the proposed project and understand the resources required to complete them."

Guidelines have been posted by the Foundation to this Dropbox link or you can download the PDF here: PDF download

*The Whiting Foundation uses the term, 'full-time adjuncts,' in the eligibility section of the guidelines, but this is not a position at Fordham. However, as noted above, full-time lecturers are eligible to apply with approval of their chair.

NSF - Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships
Sponsor Deadlines:
Preliminary Proposals: June 25, 2019 (by 5pm)
Full Proposals (if invited): January 27, 2020 (by 5pm)

Synopsis from NSF:

This program supports exceptionally innovative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs focus on creating new scientific paradigms, establishing entirely new scientific disciplines and developing transformative technologies which have the potential for broad scientific or societal impact. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among institutions of higher education, national laboratories, industrial organizations, other public or private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. They provide a means to undertake potentially groundbreaking investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or highly innovative approaches within disciplines. STCs may involve any area of science and engineering that NSF supports. STC investments support the NSF vision of creating and exploiting new concepts in science and engineering and providing global leadership in research and education.

Centers provide a rich environment for encouraging future scientists, engineers, and educators to take risks in pursuing discoveries and new knowledge. STCs foster excellence in education by integrating education and research, and by creating bonds between learning and inquiry so that discovery and creativity fully support the learning process.

NSF expects STCs to demonstrate leadership in the involvement of groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering at all levels (faculty, students, and postdoctoral researchers) within the Center. Centers use either proven or innovative mechanisms to address issues such as recruitment, retention and mentorship of participants from underrepresented groups. Centers must undertake activities that facilitate knowledge transfer, i.e., the exchange of scientific and technical information with the objective of disseminating and utilizing knowledge broadly in multiple sectors. Examples of knowledge transfer include technology transfer, providing key information to public policy-makers, or dissemination of knowledge from one field of science to another.

Fordham may submit three proposals as the lead institution for this competition, and NSF states they will support no more than one center from any lead institution. A PI or Co-PI may only participate in one application total. (There is no limit to the number of applications an institution can participate in as a partner institution.) If you are interested in submitting to this program please review the full RFP by clicking on the link in the title, and contact Kris Wolff, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs at