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Recurring Institutionally Limited Submission

These are competitions for awards by outside agencies for which USC can nominate a limited number of candidates. Applications for any of the awards listed here must go through an internal review process and receive approval from the USC administration prior to submission to the sponsoring agency. Moreover, internal USC application deadlines are typically at least one to two months in advance of the sponsoring agency’s own deadlines, given the time required for the internal review process.

Faculty should indicate their interest in being considered for a given competition prior to the internal selection process being initiated and their research dean at least two months in advance of the sponsor’s deadline.

Investigators interested in applying for any of the awards should contact the Office of Research at  or (213) 740-6709.

The recurring limited submissions are organized by NIH, NSF, and Foundations/Other below in chronological order. For current institutionally limited competitions, please click here.

Advance to: National Science Foundation (NSF) || Foundations & Others

National Institutes of Health:

RFA No. Title of Program Next Internal Deadline Next External Deadline*
RFA-DK-19-002 Nutrition Obesity Research Centers (NORCs) (P30 Clinical Trial Optional) 6/21/2019 10/23/2019
PAR-19-072 Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) Contact OOR 1/18/2019
RFA-HL-18-023 Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) (R38) Closed for 2019 2/13/2019*
RFA-DK-17-018 Ancillary Studies to the NIDDK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Genetics Consortium (R21 – Clinical Trial Optional) Contact us 2/21/2019
PAR-19-037 Research Education: Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program (R25) 12/8/2018 2/22/2019
PAR-17-221 Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity (ESTEEMED) Research Education Experiences (R25) 01/25/2019 5/24/2019
PAR-17-340 Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (Clinical Trial Not Allowed) TBA 5/25/2019*
PAR-17-096 Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (T32) TBA 5/25/2019
PAR-17-339 NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25) 7/9/2019
PAR-17-237 Center for AIDS Research (P30) TBD 8/17/2019
PAR-17-238 Developmental Center for AIDS Research (P30) TBA 8/17/2019
PAR-17-312 NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25) TBA 9/25/2019

*=2020 External Deadline is the same calendar day.

National Science Foundation:

NSF No. Title of Program Next Internal Deadline Next External Deadline
NSF-18-513 Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program TBA 01/19/2020
NSF-17-579 Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) –  Louis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence Contact OOR if interested. Last Friday in January*
NSF-19-522 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program 11/30/2018 February 6*
NSF-18-532 Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) Contact OOR if interested. February 22*
NSF-18-529 NSF INCLUDES Alliances 02/08/2019. 04/04/2019
NSF-19-506 Partnerships for Innovation: PFI-RP Track 03/08/2019 07/10/2019
NSF-15-575 Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science Supplements and Sites TBA Third Wednesday in September*
NSF-17-585 Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program TBA 09/27/2019
NSF-15-576 NSF-15-576: Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) TBA Second Friday in October*
NSF-17-579 Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) – Bridge to the Doctorate TBA First Friday in November*
NSF-17-573 Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) TBA 11/6/2019
NSF-17-579 Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) – Pre-Alliance Planning TBA Third Friday in November*

* = 2020 dates occur on same calendar day

Foundations & Other:

Funding Program Next Internal Deadline Next External Deadline
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program Closed 2/07/2019
Moore Foundation “Inventor Fellows” 01/18/2019 Early March
Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program Closed 3/27/2019
Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science and Engineering 2/15/2019 4/19/2019
Takeda Innvators in Science Award in Neuroscience TBA in Spring TBA in Spring
American Diabetes Association – Pathway to Stop Diabetes (R25) TBA Early July
Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation TBA August 1, annually
Searle Scholars Program* TBA Mid – late September
Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovation Awards TBA Late September
NEH Summer Stipends TBA Typically end of September
Simons Foundation Investigator Programs TBA Late October
PEW Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences 04/26/2019 10/17/2019
The Mellon Foundation’s Sawyer Seminars TBA 2021