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 competitions require an internal selection process, which is coordinated by the Research Development team and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR). 

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Weill Cornell Medicine also maintains a Limited Submissions page.

Review and Decisions

Limited submission (LS) competitions are regularly announced via an email listserv (see below for subscribe instructions) and on Cornell's web-based internal competition platform, InfoReady Review. Faculty interested in applying to an internal LS competition must do so via InfoReady Review, which lists both current and past competitions.

Each 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. Internal application requirements vary depending on the program, and PIs should review a 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 to move forward then work with their unit/college grant coordinators and OSP to prepare and submit final applications to a sponsor, according to each sponsor's specific instructions and requirements. (Note: materials submitted for the internal selection process often differ from sponsors' own submission requirements.)

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. Additional programs may be accessed by clicking the above "Explore & Apply" box.

  • Why no internal deadline information? Sponsor deadlines occur throughout the year and typically change from year to year. Some invitations are not issued every year. Therefore, the deadline for submitting materials to the internal selection process is not included on the following list.

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Join the CU-RES-ADMIN-L mailing list to learn about new LS opportunities.
If you are considering applying to a LS program not listed below, email Limited Submissions.


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
Dreyfus Foundation 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* 1-2
National Institutes of Health Director's Early Independence Awards (not an annual funding cycle) 2
National Endowment for the Arts Our Town 2
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends 2
National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) 3
National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) 1-2
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
VentureWell Faculty Grants 2
William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Award 1 per college


*Program shared with Weill Cornell Medicine