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.

Limited Submissions


Featured Opportunities


Mallinckrodt Foundation 2021 Grant Program

Internal submission deadline: Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation offers Grants to support early stage investigators engaged in biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis, or treatment of disease. The funds are designed to provide faculty members with support to move the project forward to the point where R01 or other independent funding can be obtained. Cornell University is limited to submitting one nomination. Eligible Applicants:

  • Should be in the first to fourth year of their tenure track faculty position;
  • Must hold M.D. and/or Ph.D. degrees;
  • Should not have current R01 funding.

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

Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, May 19, 2021

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.

Hartwell Foundation 2021 Individual Biomedical Research Award

Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Each year the Hartwell Foundation announces its Top Ten Centers of Biomedical Research, inviting each center to nominate individuals for a Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award. Cornell University has been invited to nominate up to three researchers to compete in a process that seeks to fund early-stage, innovative, and cutting-edge biomedical research that has the potential to benefit children in the United States.

The selection process considers the extent to which funding will make a difference: the likelihood that research success will benefit children in the United States and the extent to which funding will have a positive effect on the trajectory of the Nominee’s professional career. The selection process also considers evidence that the Nominee has appropriate expertise and research facilities to conduct the proposed research, as well as the extent and nature of collaboration by the Nominee and how such collaboration will facilitate success (If not an MD, at least one collaborator must be identified as a practicing physician, preferably in pediatric medicine). The Foundation is particularly interested in candidates who can articulate a personal connection to its mission and the research that will be funded by the Foundation.

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 decision.  

Applicants who are selected 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 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 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 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) 2-3
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 (Postdoctoral) 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
Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars Award 1
FuzeHub Manufacturing Grants 2-3
Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Awards* 3
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study 4
W. M. Keck Foundation Research Program Grants* 2
Mallinckrodt Foundation Grants Program 1
Mallinckrodt Foundation Scholar Award* 2
Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation Inventor Fellows* 2
National Institutes of Health Director's Early Independence Awards 2
National Institutes of Health Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) 1
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends 2
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 Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science 3
National Science Foundation 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 (Postdoctoral) 5
William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Award 1 per college


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