Some sponsors limit the number of nominations or proposals that Cornell (including Weill Cornell Medicine) may submit to a particular program. This information can usually be found in the "Eligibility" section of a funding opportunity announcement. These special limited submission funding opportunities must undergo an internal selection process (also known as an internal competition), which is coordinated by the Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation and the Research Development team in OSP. 

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Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program 2022

Internal Deadline: Monday, November 1, 2021 @ 5pm

This program supports high-caliber scholarship in the social sciences and humanities, making it possible for the recipients to devote time to research and writing that addresses pressing issues and cultural transitions affecting us at home and abroad. Cornell University is invited to nominate up to two faculty for this award: one junior scholar and one senior scholar. 

W.M. Keck Foundation Science & Engineering and Medical Research Program Grants

Internal Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 2, 2021 @ 5PM

The Keck Foundation seeks to generate far-reaching benefits for humanity by supporting pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medicine. By funding high-risk/high-impact work of leading researchers, the Foundation seeks to lay the groundwork for new paradigms, technologies and discoveries that will save lives, provide innovative solutions, and add to the understanding of the world.

NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI): Instrument Acquisition or Development

Internal Application Due: Tuesday, November 9, 2021 @ 5PM

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.

NSF National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes: Accelerating Research, Transforming Society, and Growing the American Workforce

Internal Deadline: november 30, 2021 @ 5pm

Building upon the network established by the first 18 AI Research Institutes, this National AI Research Institutes program solicitation will fund Institutes comprised of scientists, engineers, and educators united by a common focus on advancing the research frontiers in AI. The program seeks to build a broader nationwide network to pursue transformational advances in a range of economic sectors, and science and engineering fields.


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Review and Decisions

Limited submission (LS) internal competitions are regularly announced via an email listserv (subscribing instructions are below) and on Cornell's web-based internal competition platform

  • Faculty interested in submitting to an LS funding opportunity must first apply to an internal competition via the web-based platform. The platform lists active internal competitions.
  • Each competition announcement includes a program summary, a link and/or pdf file for the sponsor's complete guidelines and requirements, and a list of materials required for the internal selection process.
  • For internal review, applicants typically must submit a two- to three-page project description, one-page budget summary, and a PI biosketch. For some competitions other materials, such as a nomination letter from a Department Chair/Director, are required.
    • Internal application requirements vary depending on the program, and prospective applicants should review the internal competition's announcement for specifics.
  • The Faculty Senate's Research Advisory Committee (RAC) reviews the nominations/proposals submitted for internal competitions. The review committee then selects to move forward the submission(s) that has the best opportunity for success based on its responsiveness to the sponsor's solicitation and program objectives, and its scientific and scholarly strength. All applicants are promptly notified of the committee's decision. 

The RAC has developed recommendations for Chairs/Directors for nomination letters: Tips for writing letters of nominations

  • The selected applicant(s) then works with their unit/college grant coordinators and OSP to prepare and submit applications to a sponsor, according to each sponsor's specific instructions and requirements. (Note: materials submitted for the internal selection process often differ from funders' own submission requirements.)

Note: Weill Cornell has its own process and internal competitions for limited submission opportunities. Weill Cornell faculty who are interested in applying for limited submission funding must do so through WCM's Office of the Research Dean. Contact Florencia Marcucci at for additional information.

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If you are considering applying to an LS program not listed below, please notify Limited Submissions.


Program List

The following table highlights several reoccurring LS competitions.

  • Why no internal deadline information in this table? Sponsor deadlines occur throughout the year and can change from year to year. Some solicitations and invitations are not issued every year. Therefore, the deadline for submitting materials to the internal selection process is not included here. Contact the Limited Submissions team if you have questions about a competition. 
Sponsor Program Submission Limit
Agriculture, U.S. Department of (USDA) NIFA Equipment Grants Program (EGP) 2-3
Agriculture, U.S. Department of (USDA) NIFA Women and Minorities in STEM Fields Program (WAMS) 1
American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes Awards (3 categories) 1
Blavatnik Family Foundation Regional Awards for Young Scientists (postdocs) 15
Blavatnik Family Foundation National Awards for Young Scientists (faculty) 3
Brain Research Foundation Seed Grants Program* 1
Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovation Award* 1
Breast Cancer Alliance Exceptional Project Grants 2
Breast Cancer Alliance Young Investigator Grants 2
Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars Award 1
Energy, U.S. Department of (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) Multi-topic FOA Varies (typically ~6)
Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) New Innovator Research Award 1
FuzeHub Manufacturing Grants 2-3
Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Awards* 3
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study Varies (typically ~5)
W. M. Keck Foundation Science & Engineering and Medical Research Program Grants* 2
Mallinckrodt Foundation Grants Program 1
Mallinckrodt Foundation Scholar Award Program* 2
Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation Inventor Fellows* 2
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's Early Independence Awards 2
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) 1
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Challenge America; Grants for Art Projects 1
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends 2
National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program 2
National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) 3
National Science Foundation (NSF) Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) 1
National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science 3
National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Traineeship Program (NRT) 2
David & Lucille Packard Foundation Fellowships for Science and Engineering* 2
Pew Charitable Trusts Biomedical Scholars* 1
Rita Allen Foundation Rita Allen Scholars 1
Searle Scholars (Kinship Foundation) Searle Scholars* 2
Schmidt Science Fellows Schmidt Science Fellows (graduate students)* 5-6
William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Award 1 per college


*Program shared with Weill Cornell Medicine. Weill Cornell faculty must apply through the Weill Office of the Research Dean.