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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-ES-20-006 RFA-ES-20-006: Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHSCC) (P30 Clinical Trial Optional) 3/21/2020 5/18/2020
RFA-HL-18-023 Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) (R38) 11/8/2019 2/13/2020
RFA-DK-17-018 Ancillary Studies to the NIDDK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Genetics Consortium (R21 – Clinical Trial Optional) 11/15/2019 2/21/2020
PAR-20-076 Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (T32 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) 2/7/2020 5/26/2020
PAR-19-219 Maximizing Access to Research Careers (T34) 3/2/2020 5/21/2020
PAR-17-340 Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (Clinical Trial Not Allowed) TBA 5/25/2020
RFA-DK-19-002 Nutrition Obesity Research Centers (NORCs) (P30 Clinical Trial Optional) TBA 6/3/2020
PAR-19-072 Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) 4/3/2020 7/31/2020
PAR-19-036 Medical Scientist Training Program TBA TBA
PAR-19-037 Research Education: Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program (R25) TBA 1/28/2021

*=2020 External Deadline is the same calendar day.

National Science Foundation:

NSF No. Title of Program Next Internal Deadline Next External Deadline
NSF-19-506 Partnerships for Innovation: PFI-RP Track TBA 07/09/2020: 2nd Wednesday in July*
NSF-15-575 Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science Supplements and Sites TBA 09/17/2020: Third Wednesday in September*
NSF-15-576 NSF-15-576: Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) TBA 10/9/2020: Second Friday in October*
NSF-17-579 Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) –  Implementation-Only Alliances TBA 11/19/2020: Third Friday in November
NSF-17-579 Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) – Pre-Alliance Planning TBA 11/19/2020: Third Friday in November*
NSF-18-513 Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program TBA 01/01 – 01/19/2021: Jan. 1st-19th*
NSF-20-516 NSF IUSE: GEOPAths 11/17/2020 1/26/2021
NSF-17-579 Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) –  Louis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence TBA 01/29/2021: Last Friday in January*
NSF-19-522 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program TBA 2/6/2021; February 6th, annually
NSF-19-609 Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) TBA 2/22/2021: February 22nd annually thereafter*
NSF-17-527 NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Contact your School Research Dean 3/31/2021: Last Wednesday in March, annually

* Calendar dates repeat on same day annually.

Foundations & Other:

Funding Program Next Internal Deadline Next External Deadline
DOE Energy Frontier Research Centers Candidates selected for 2019-2020 call. 1/16/2020
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program 12/6/2019 2/06/2020
Mary Kay Foundation Cancer Research Grant N/A 2/07/2020
Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program Contact OOR 3/25/2020
NEA Research Labs 2/7/2020 4/2-9/2020
NSF I-Corps Hubs N/A First Thursday in April, annually
Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science and Engineering 2/14/2020 April 20, annually
Takeda Innvators in Science Award TBA TBA (in Spring)
The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program TBA TBA (announced Summer 2020)
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, annually
Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovation Awards TBA Late September
NEH Summer Stipends TBA  Late September
Simons Foundation Investigator Programs TBA Late October
PEW Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences 4/10/2020 9/10/2020
Microsoft Faculty Fellowships TBA Early November
AXA Chairs TBA Late November
Moore Foundation “Inventor Fellows” TBA mid-December
The Mellon Foundation’s Sawyer Seminars TBA 2021