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Award ProgramAnticipated Internal DeadlineAnticipated Sponsor Preproposal or Letter of Intent Deadline (if applicable)Anticipated Sponsor DeadlineNotes
American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes ProgramLate April Early July 
Banting Postdoctoral FellowshipsEarly September Mid-SeptemberNot a limited submission, but institutional endorsement is required.
Beckman Postdoctoral FellowshipLate August Early SeptemberNot a limited submission, but institutional endorsement is required. A Letter of Support &Acknowledgement of Application must be signed by the applicant’s Department Chair.
Beckman Young Investigator ProgramMid-JulyEarly August Not a limited submission, but institutional endorsement is required.
Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed GrantLate NovemberEarly JanuaryLate March 
Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations AwardMid-MayLate JuneLate September 
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award ProgramLate November Early February 
Graham Foundation for the Fine Arts Production and Presentation GrantsN/A Late FebruaryOne nomination per department.
Greenwall Foundation AwardsMid-AugustMid-SeptemberEarly January 
Johnson and Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award ProgramEarly September Early October 
Mallinckrodt GrantsEarly June Early August 
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Capitol GrantsEarly SeptemberEarly OctoberMid-November 
Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminars on the Comparative Study of CulturesEarly January Early March 
    Award is open to applicants every 2-3 years.
Mellon Foundation New Directions FellowshipMid-August Mid-October 
Moore Inventor FellowsMid-October Mid-December 
National Endowment for the Arts "Art Works"Grants for Arts ProjectsEarly January Mid-February or Mid-July 
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer StipendsEarly July Late September 
NIH Director's Early Independence AwardMid-JuneMid-August (optional LOI)Mid-September 
NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)Early October Early January 
NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)Early JulyMid-OctoberMid-May 
NSF Physics Frontiers CentersLate MayEarly AugustLate JanuaryAward is only offered every 3 years (January 2020).
NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) ProgramLate SeptemberEarly DecemberEarly February 
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program  (S-STEM)December - early January March-AprilAn Institution may submit one proposal (either as a single institution or as subawardee or a member of a Collaborative Research project) from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an S-STEM eligible discipline.
Packard Fellowships in Science and EngineeringLate JanuaryMid-March (nomination only)Mid-April 
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical SciencesMid-March Mid-October 
Rita Allen Foundation Scholars ProgramMid-AugustMid-SeptemberMid-October 
Searle Scholars ProgramLate July Late September 
Simons Foundation Investigators ProgramEarly September Late October 
Sloan Research FellowshipsN/A Mid-SeptemberThree nominations per department.
Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical ResearchEarly July Early August 
 Late January Mid-March 
Whiting Public Engagement ProgramsMid-March Mid-June 
W.T. Grant Scholars ProgramMid-March Early July 

CFE's Research and Sponsored Programs Roundtable Series

Each month, CFE's Senior Associate Director of Research and Sponsored Programs, Lenko Tankov, will host a roundtable discussion on a variety of topics related to research and sponsored programs. View this digital binder (access key: cet) for recordings and resources from past roundtable sessions.