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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 Initiatives and Facilities 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-21-001 Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) Contact your School Research Dean February 26, 2021; Recurs: February 24, 2022; February 24, 2023
PAR-20-297 NIOSH Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health® (U19) TBA February 3, 2021; October 29, 2021; October 28, 2022; October 30, 2023.
RFA-ES-20-006 RFA-ES-20-006: Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHSCC) (P30 Clinical Trial Optional) TBA April 16, 2021, April 14, 2022.
PAR-20-220 Institutional Network Award for Promoting Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Research Training (U2C-Clinical Trial Not Allowed) TBA September 28, 2021; September 28, 2022
PAR-20-223 Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity (ESTEEMED) Research Education Experiences (R25) TBA June 24, 2021;          June 24, 2022
PAR-20-076 Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (T32 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) TBA May 25, 2021;              May 25, 2022
PAR-21-147 Maximizing Access to Research Careers (T34) March 26, 2021 May 26, 2021; Recurs May 26, 2022; May 26, 2023
PAR-20-103 Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1 – Clinical Trial Optional) Contact ORIF 1/27/2021: Recurs May 27, 2021; January 27, 2022; May 27, 2022; January 27, 2023
PAR-20-240 NIH Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) Contact ORIF January 25, 2021, September 27, 2021, and September 26, 2022
PAR-19-072 Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) Contact ORIF 1/19/2021; (next one: July 30, 2021)
PAR-19-036 Medical Scientist Training Program TBA TBA
PAR-21-025 Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (T32 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed) 1/15/2021 2/26/2021; 1/28;2022; 1/30/2023
PAR-21-075 Research Experience in Genomic Research for Data Scientists (R25) 2/19/2021 5/25/2021; 5/25/2022; 5/25/2023
PAR-19-215 Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) 2/12/2021 LOI: 4/26/2021;        May 28, 2021
PAR-20-106 Center for AIDS Research (P30 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) TBA July 28, 2021;            July 28, 2022
PAR-20-107 Developmental Center for AIDS Research (P30 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) TBA July 28, 2021;            July 28, 2022
PAR-20-153 NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed) 5/21/21 July 13, 2021;             July 13, 2022
PAR-20-175 Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Networks for Clinical and Translational Research (IDeA-CTR) (U54 Clinical Trial Optional) TBA October 7, 2021; October 7, 2022
PAR-21-074 Mentored Research Experiences for Genetic Counselors (R25) 1/22/2021 May 25, 2021. Recurs: May 25, 2022, and May 25, 2023.
PAR-21-198 PAR-21-198: Bridges to the Doctorate Research Training Program (T32) 5/28/2021 September 28, 2021. Recurs: September 27, 2022; September 27, 2023

*=2020 External Deadline is the same calendar day.

National Science Foundation:


NSF No. Title of Program Next Internal Deadline Next External Deadline
NSF-20-595 Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program TBA March 25, 2022, and March 25, annually thereafter
NSF-19-506 Partnerships for Innovation: PFI-RP Track Contact ORIF 7/14/2021; 1/12/2022; every 2nd Wednesday in January and July thereafter
NSF-20-554 ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE) 5/14/21 See link for more details.
NSF 20-569 Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) Contact ORIF January 26, 2021
NSF-15-576 NSF-15-576: Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) 9/11/2020 10/9/2020: Second Friday in October*
NSF-20-590 Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) –  Multiple Initiatives 4/2/2021 Conference: June or rolling; Alliances: 11/19/2021 (third November annually thereafter)
NSF-18-513 Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program – Track 2 slot still available 12/7/2020 01/01 – 01/19/2021: Jan. 1st-19th*
NSF-20-516 NSF IUSE: GEOPAths Contact ORIF 1/26/2021
NSF-21-536 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program Contact ORIF 2/25/2021; 9/6/2021 & 9/6 annually thereafter
NSF-19-609 Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) 1/8/2021 2/22/2021: February 22nd annually thereafter*
NSF-21-550 NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Contact your School Research Dean 4/7/2021; 3/16/2022; Third Wednesday in March annually thereafter

* 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 TBA TBA
Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Fellowship TBA TBA (in 2022)
Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program TBA LOI: 1/5/2021; Final: March 30, 2021
NEA Research Labs TBA TBA
NEA Grants for Arts 5/14/2021 7/20/2021
NSF I-Corps Hubs N/A First Thursday in April, annually
Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science and Engineering 2/5/2021 April 20, annually
Takeda Innvators in Science Award TBA TBA (in Spring)
The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program First-come, first-served LOI: 9/21/2020

External: 1/11/2021

American Diabetes Association – Pathway to Stop Diabetes (R25) TBA Early July
Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation 4/30/2021 August 1, annually
Searle Scholars Program TBA TBA
Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovation Awards 5/7/2021 LOI: 6/24/21; Proposal: 10/5/21
NEH Summer Stipends 6/18/2021 9/22/2021
Simons Foundation Investigator Programs TBA Late October
PEW Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences 3/26/2021 9/1/2021
Microsoft Faculty Fellowships TBA “Check back in January 2021”
Moore Foundation “Inventor Fellows” TBA TBA
Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program TBA TBA
Blavatnik National Awards TBA TBA
The Mellon Foundation’s Sawyer Seminars 2/26/2021 05/03/2021
Beckman Scholars Program Note: USC is ineligible to apply for several years due to receiving this award last year. TBA