Limited Submission Awards

What are limited submission awards?

Private and corporate foundations give limited submission awards to exceptional faculty at different stages of their careers.

They are called “limited submission” awards because many foundations limit the number of applications an institution may submit for a specific award program. Academic institutions are invited to nominate promising as well as exceptional investigators in their fields.

When a call for proposals is “limited,” CFE sends out an internal call for interest to faculty through relevant academic units and research centers/institutes. If there is more than one proposal submitted for a limited submission award, CFE uses an internal review process to determine which application(s) will be nominated and submitted to the sponsor for funding consideration at the national level.

Below is the current list of Limited Submission Award opportunities administered through the CFE, ordered by the months of when to expect their internal call deadlines in a given calendar year (January-December). This list is always changing so check back periodically. (Note: Information about limited submission grants administered by the Office of Research Development [ORD] is available here.)

Sponsoring Agency Limited Submission Award Broad Disciplines of Interest Which Month to Expect Internal Call (Approximate)
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program Chemical Sciences January
David and Lucile Packard Foundation Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering STEM sciences January
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Moore Inventor Fellows STEM sciences, clinical research February
American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes Basic and clinical diabetes research March
Takeda Corporation (Through New York Academy of Sciences) Innovators in Science Award 2017: focus on neuroscience March
Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award Basic neuroscience research May
William T Grant Foundation WT Grant Scholars Program Social/behavioral research in youth and inequalities May
Mallinckrodt Foundation Mallinckrodt Grants only Basic sciences informing diseases/conditions June
Pew Charitable Trusts Pew Scholars in Biomedical Research Basic sciences informing diseases/conditions July
Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust Searle Scholars Program Basic sciences in medicine, chemistry, and biology July
Simons Foundation Simons Investigator Program Math, physics, computer sciences August
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Mellon New Directions Fellowships Arts and humanities, humanistic social sciences August
Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars Program Bioethics-focused research September
New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists STEM sciences October
St. Baldrick’s Research Grants

Scholar Grants

Childhood cancer research October
Carnegie Corporation of New York Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program Arts and humanities, social sciences November
Rita Allen Foundation- Scholars Award Rita Allen Scholars Award Basic cancer, immunology, and neuroscience research November
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award Food and agricultural sciences November
Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Basic neuroscience research December
What is the internal process of applying for a limited submission award?
  • Once a call for nominations is received from the sponsoring agency, CFE will send out an internal call to relevant academic units and research centers/institutes. See in the above table the approximate month for when an internal call will come out for a given award.
  • Faculty need to be nominated by their units and complete an internal application to CFE; at the time of the internal call announcement, CFE will indicate the deadline for submission of internal applications. CFE will assess eligibility, based on the sponsoring agency’s eligibility criteria, of all faculty who submit internal applications.
  • In some cases, the number of internal applications will exceed the number of nominations permitted for the University. When this occurs, a review of all eligible internal applications will be convened. This review will take place after the internal application deadline.
  • All internal applicants will be notified of the review committee’s decision. The successful internal applicant(s) will work with the Corporate and Foundation Relations Office to prepare their full proposals to submit to the sponsoring agencies by their nomination deadlines; the time window to prepare nomination packages varies depending upon award.
What is included in an internal application?

Standard application materials include:

  • Letter of nomination from the nominating official addressed to Sohini Sengupta, Research Coordinator, Center for Faculty Excellence
  • Brief proposal summary of research (page limits will vary depending upon award)
  • Nominee’s CV or biosketch
  • List of up to 3 UNC-CH experts who could knowledgeably discuss the candidate’s research as part of an internal review panel (Note: Due to potential conflicts of interest, department chairs or deans may not serve on the internal review committee.)
  • Other materials specific to the requirements of the sponsoring agency
What happens during an internal review?
  • Applicants are not present during the internal review.
  • Internal review composition will be determined by CFE. In most cases, the review committee consists of one internal expert per applicant; thus, the number of internal experts will vary for each internal review. For some of the limited submission awards, CFE will create an ad hoc internal review panel.
  • Each reviewer will first present on the merits of the internal applicant to which he/she was assigned using the sponsoring agency’s review criteria.
  • After all internal applications have been discussed, all reviewers will vote on which applicant(s) should be UNC-CH’s nominee(s).
  • The decision about nominations is made by the reviewers and not by the Center for Faculty Excellence. The reviewers’ decision is final.
Whom do I contact with questions about awards or the internal review process?

Please do not hesitate to call (919-966-1741) or email Sohini Sengupta, Research Coordinator for CFE, if you have any questions or need more information about a particular award.