University of Southern California


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.

National Institutes of Health:

RFA No. Title of Program 2018 External Deadlines
PAR-17-053 Research Education: Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program (R25) 1/26/2018
PAR-17-159 Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01) 3/19/2018
PAR-17-068 Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate – Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U-STAR) (T34) 5/24/2018
PAR-17-221 Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity (ESTEEMED) Research Education Experiences (R25) 5/24/2018
PAR-16-361 Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) 5/25/2018
PAR-17-096 Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (T32) 5/25/2018
PAR-17-340 Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (Clinical Trial Not Allowed) 5/25/2018,
PAR-16-108 PAR-16-108: Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25)  5/31/2018
PAR-17-339 NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25) 7/9/2018
PAR-17-237 Center for AIDS Research (P30) 8/17/2018
PAR-17-238 Developmental Center for AIDS Research (P30) 8/17/2018
PAR-16-013 PAR-16-013: Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) (K12) 9/19/2018
PAR-16-109 Bridges to the Doctorate (R25) 9/25/2018
PAR-17-209 Bridges to the Doctorate (R25) 9/25/2018
PAR-17-312 PAR-17-312: NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25) 9/25/2018
PAR-17-322 NEI Center Core Grant for Vision Research (P30) 9/28/2018
RFA-HL-18-023 Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) (R38) 10/24/2018
RFA-DK-17-018 Ancillary Studies to the NIDDK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Genetics Consortium (R21 – Clinical Trial Optional) 02/21/2019

National Science Foundation:

NSF No. Title of Program Recurring Due Dates, 2018
NSF-15-577 Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) Second Monday in August
NSF-17-575 Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science Supplements and Sites 9/19/2018
NSF-17-585 Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program 9/27/2018,
NSF-15-576 NSF-15-576: Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) Second Friday in October
NSF-17-579 Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) – Bridge to the Doctorate First Friday in November
NSF-17-573 Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) 11/7/2018, 11/6/2019
NSF-17-579 Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) – Pre-Alliance Planning Third Friday in November
NSF 16-506 Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSML) Second Friday in December
NSF-16-594 Advance: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science LOI: Partnerships: 2nd Wed in December Every Other Year Thereafter
LOI: Adaptations: Second Wednesday in August, Every Other Year Thereafter
Preliminary Proposal: Second Wednesday in April, Every Other Year Thereafter
Full Proposal: Second Wednesday in January, Every Other Year Thereafter; Second Wednesday in September, Every Other Year Thereafter; Third Wednesday in January, Every Other Year Thereafter
NSF-17-581 CISE Research Infrastructure Preliminary Proposal: 11/7/2018
Full Proposal: 1/10/2019
NSF-17-579 Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) –  Louis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence Last Friday in January
NSF-18-507 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program LOI: 11/26/2018-12/6/2018,
Full Proposal: 2/6/2019
NSF-18-513 Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program 1/1/2019 – 1/22/2019, 1/1-1/2019 Annually Thereafter
NSF-18-532 Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) 02/22/2019, February 22nd Annually Thereafter
NSF-18-529 NSF INCLUDES Alliances 04/02/2019

Foundations & Other:

RFA No. Funding Program Expected External Deadline Date
Foundation Rita Allen Foundation – Foundation Scholars late January
Foundation Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program Early to mid-February
Foundation Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science and Engineering* Mid-March – Nominations are due
April 20 – Proposals due
Foundation Takeda Innvators in Science Award in Neuroscience Late April
Foundation Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation “Inventor Fellows” Early to mid-May
Foundation American Diabetes Association – Pathway to Stop Diabetes (R25) Mid- to late June
NEA Research Labs Early June – LOI
Early October – Proposal due
Foundation Searle Scholars Program* Mid – late September
Foundation Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovation Awards Late September
Foundation NEH Summer Stipends Late September
NEH Summer Stipends Typically end of September
Foundation Simon Foundation Investigator Programs* Late October
Foundation Edward Mallinckrodt, JR Foundation* November – invites are sent
August 1  –  Proposal due
Foundation PEW Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences*  November 2017
NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship February 2019
Mary Kay Translation Center Research Grant February 2019
BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards April 2019

*only invited institutions can apply