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. 

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 Weill Cornell. Contact Florencia Marcucci at for additional information.

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The Pew Charitable Trusts 2022 Pew Biomedical Scholars Awards

Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Pew Biomedical Scholars Program supports young investigators of outstanding promise in basic and clinical sciences relevant to human health. Strong proposals will demonstrate particularly creative and innovative approaches to basic, translational, and applied biomedical research. Ideas with the potential to produce an unusually high impact are encouraged. Applicants must hold a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or related field; must hold a full-time appointment at the rank of assistant professor as of Sept. 1, 2021; and must not have been appointed as an assistant professor at ANY institution prior to June 14, 2017. This program does not fund clinical trials research.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Screening for Conditions by Electronic Nose Technology (SCENT) (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)

Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

This opportunity is ideal for a multidisciplinary team that could include biomedical engineers, material scientists, biosensing experts, software engineers, chemists, clinicians, clinical trialists, biostatisticians, data analysts and/or other relevant experts in academia and industry. To access more information, including requirements for the internal competition, click View competition.

The purpose of the Screening for Conditions by E-Nose Technology (SCENT) program is to enable the development of a disease-agnostic platform for the diagnosis and monitoring of a wide range of disease conditions thereby catalyzing the use of the technology for the clinic and beyond. Detection of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emanating from skin should be the primary focus in the conceptualization and application of this SCENT platform to differentiate and quantify disease-specific VOC signatures. SCENT should employ an array of chemical gas sensors, a sample handling system and a pattern recognition system. Pattern recognition using artificial intelligence and machine learning integrated into the VOC detection should provide a higher degree of selectivity and specificity into the system and are expected to enable the diagnosis, prediction, and monitoring of at least, twenty (20) human diseases and conditions by the end of the five (5) year project. The breakdown of required disease conditions is described in Specific Research Objectives in the solicitation. The incorporation of vital sign measurements such as temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate, blood pressure etc. is an additional requirement as these can expand and discriminate the data learning sets along with VOC pattern recognition for sensitive and specific disease diagnoses and monitoring.

Leveraging dedicated engineering and artificial intelligence systems are required. Wearable devices and internet-of-things are highly encouraged. This FOA requires multidisciplinary collaborations and a team science approach. Groups may include a combination of the following: Biomedical engineers, material scientists, biosensing experts, software engineers, chemists, clinicians, clinical trialists, biostatisticians, data analysts and/or other relevant experts in academia and industry.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grants for Art Projects

Internal Submission Deadline: May 19, 2021

These grants support arts projects that use the arts to unite and heal in response to current events; celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage; invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values; and enrich humanity. Through project-based funding, the program supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation, the creation of excellent art, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.


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 LS competition announcement includes a program summary, a link to the sponsor's complete guidelines, 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, a nomination letter from a department Chair/Director is required.
  • Internal application requirements vary depending on the program, and PIs should review the competition's announcement for specifics.
  • The Faculty Senate's Research Advisory Committee 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 decisions.  

Those selected as Cornell's candidate(s) then work 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.)


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Program List

The following is a list of reoccurring and prestigious LS programs reviewed by the committee. This is not an exhaustive list of all programs requiring committee review, or all available LS funding opportunities.

  • Why no internal deadline information in this table? Sponsor deadlines occur throughout the year and typically 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 in the following list.
  • Find active LS competitions by clicking the above "Explore & Apply" box.
Sponsor Program Submission Limit
Agriculture, U.S. Department of NIFA Equipment Grants Program (EGP) 3
Agriculture, U.S. Department of NIFA Women and Minorities in STEM Fields Program (WAMS) 1
American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes Awards (3 categories) 1
Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists Regional Awards for Young Scientists 15
Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists National Awards for Faculty 1 per disciplinary category
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
Chicago Community Trust Searle Scholars Program* 2
U.S. Department of Energy EERE Advanced Manufacturing Office Multi-Topic FOA 1 per sub-topic
Dreyfus Foundation Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars Award 1
FuzeHub Manufacturing Grants 3
Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics* 1
Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Awards* 3
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study 4
Keck Foundation Research Program Grants* 2
Mallinckrodt Foundation Grants Program 1
Mallinckrodt Foundation Scholar Award* 2
Moore Foundation Inventor Fellows* 2
National Institutes of Health Director's Early Independence Awards (not an annual funding cycle) 2
National Institutes of Health Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) 1
National Endowment for the Arts Our Town 2
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends 2
National Science Foundation Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) 1
National Science Foundation Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program 2
National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) 3
National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) 1
National Science Foundation Partnerships for International Research and Education (not an annual funding cycle) 1
National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science 3
National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program (NRT) 2
New York State Council on the Arts Annual Grants Program Varies
Packard Foundation Fellowships for Science and Engineering Program* 2
Pew Charitable Trusts Biomedical Scholars Program* 1
Rita Allen Foundation Rita Allen Scholars Program 1
Searle Scholars Searle Scholars Program* 2
Schmidt Science Fellows Schmidt Science Fellows 5
U.S. Department of Agriculture NIFA Equipment Grants Program 3
VentureWell Faculty Grants 2
William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Award 1 per college


*Program shared with Weill Cornell Medicine. Weill Cornell faculty must apply through Weill.