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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

National Institutes of Health/NIGMS Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25)

Sponsor Deadline:
Full Proposal - July 14, 2020, by 5 p.m.

From the Funding Opportunity Purpose:
The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The overarching goal of this R25 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 accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

  • Courses for Skills Development
  • Research Experiences
  • Mentoring Activities
  • Curriculum or Methods Development
  • Outreach

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the SEPA Scientific/Research Contact to be advised on the appropriateness of the intended project for SEPA program objectives and the priorities of the NIGMS.

Fordham is limited to submitting one proposal.

Please review the link to the SEPA program above and if you are interested in submitting for this competition, please contact Kris Wolff, Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, at We will determine the need for an internal competition based on interest.

National Endowment for the Humanities - Summer Stipends Program

Internal Competition - September 1, 2020, by 5 p.m.
Sponsor Deadline - September 23, 2020, by 11:59 p.m.

From the NEH website:
The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Stipends program aims to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication. Summer Stipends awards of $6,000 support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. NEH funds may support recipients’ compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research.

Eligibility: Faculty members with a tenure or tenure-track appointment who teach full-time must be nominated by their institution. Institutions may nominate only two such faculty members to the NEH.

Exceptions to the faculty nomination rule include non-tenure track faculty at institutions of higher education (see page 4 of the guidelines).

The NEH Summer Stipends website has several sample funded proposals. Potential applicants should read these for the style, content, and format of past grantees.

To be considered for the limited submission competition, submit a three-page, single-spaced description of your proposed project, one page bibliography, and two-page cv to Beth Torres at by September 1 at 5pm. Follow the guidelines in preparing your submission.

The complete instructions can be found here:

Your proposal will be reviewed by Fordham’s internal Summer Stipends committee. Notifications will be made in time for nominees to register with the NEH and polish their proposals before the NEH's deadline.

Questions? Contact Beth Torres at

National Science Foundation - Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)

Sponsor Deadlines:
Letter of Intent - October 5, 2020, by 5 p.m.
Full Proposal - January 26, 2021, by 5 p.m.

From the Synopsis of Program:
The vision of NSF INCLUDES is to catalyze the STEM enterprise to work collaboratively for inclusive change, resulting in a STEM workforce that reflects the population of the Nation. More specifically, NSF INCLUDES seeks to improve collaborative efforts aimed at enhancing the preparation, increasing the participation, and ensuring the contributions of individuals from groups that have been historically underrepresented and underserved in the STEM enterprise such as African Americans, Alaska Natives, Hispanics, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, persons with disabilities, persons from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and women and girls.

A hallmark of NSF INCLUDES is the focus on the five design elements of collaborative infrastructure to achieve systemic change. Collaborative infrastructure refers to the process by which partnering organizations come together to map out mutually reinforcing activities through: (1) shared vision, (2) partnerships, (3) goals and metrics, (4) leadership and communication, and (5) expansion, sustainability and scale. Through these five design elements of collaborative infrastructure, the successful implementation of NSF INCLUDES will result in substantial advances toward a diverse, innovative, and well-prepared STEM workforce to support our Nation’s economy and continued U.S. leadership in the global STEM enterprise. It is anticipated that NSF’s investment will contribute to new and improved STEM career pathways, policies, opportunities to learn, and practices for equity and inclusion. Through this solicitation, NSF INCLUDES will support the establishment and growth of new Alliances that employ a collaborative infrastructure approach to address a critical broadening participation challenge in STEM at scale.

Fordham is limited to submitting one proposal as the lead institution.

Please review the link to the INCLUDES program above and if you are interested in submitting for this competition, please contact Kris Wolff, Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, at We will determine the need for an internal competition based on interest.