Past Opportunities


Award Description

Internal Due Date

Final due date

W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program

The Keck Foundation Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting basic science research projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering. This research should be distinctive and novel in its approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory.  

July 13, 2017

Phase I deadline:
November 1, 2017

Phase II deadline:
February 15, 2018

2018 Mallinckrodt Grant Applications The funds are designed to provide faculty members who hold M.D. and/or Ph.D. degrees, and who are in the first to fourth year of a tenure-track position, with support to move the project forward to the point where R01 or other independent funding can be obtained.  Applicants with current R01 funding should not apply. June 22, 2017

Due to OSP: July 21, 2017

Due to Foundation:
August 1, 2017

ETH Zurich Materials Research Prize for Young Investigators The ETH Materials Research Prize for Young Investigators recognizes outstanding contributions of young investigators that advance materials from fundamental to applied research. These contributions could include, for example: the discovery of new classes of materials, the observation of novel phenomena leading to either fundamentally new applications and insights, and work that substantially impacts our understanding or applications of existing materials and phenomena. June 19, 2017 Due to ETH Zurich: July 31, 2017
2018 Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research The Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research Program supports Assistant Professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of a cure for cancer. Nominees should be conducting innovative, cutting-edge, cancer research that may accelerate and advance progress toward a cure for cancer. June 16, 2017

Due to OSP: Oct. 10, 2017

Due to Foundation: Oct. 16, 2017

2018 Pew Biomedical Scholars The Pew Biomedical Scholars Award supports Assistant Professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The Award provides funding for early career candidates whose research is based on biomedical principles, but brings in concepts and theories from more diverse fields. June 19, 2017

Due to OSP: Oct. 16, 2017

Due to Foundation: Oct. 23, 2017

2018 Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award Brain Research Foundation has invited MIT to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). Brain Research Foundation’s Scientific Innovations Award Program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators. June 8, 2017

Due to OPS: June 22, 2017

LOI to Foundation: June 29, 2017

NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant Programs

PAT-17-074 and PAR-17-076

The NIH has released their solicitations for Shared Instumentation Grants ($50K to $600K) and High-End Instrumentation Grants ($601K to $2M). The objective of the Program is to make available to institutions expensive research instruments that can only be justified on a shared-use basis and that are needed for NIH-supported projects in basic, translational or clinical areas of biomedical and bio-behavioral research. May 8, 2017

OSP: May 23, 2017

NIH: May 31, 2017

2017 ONO Pharma Breakthrough Science Initiative Awards Program Ono Initiative intends to support Principal Investigators (“PIs”) with creative ideas in selected scientific research fields (2017 – chemical biology and oligonucleotide medicine) with the mission of seeking discoveries/solutions and development of high impact science. May 5, 2017

LOI: May 15, 2017

OSP: June 23, 2017

Foundation: June 30, 2017

2017 Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation The Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation will be awarded for global innovation or scientific or technological breakthrough in the field of alternative fuels for transportation April 14, 2017 May 1, 2017
2018 Charles H. Hood Foundation Major Grants Initiative to Advance Child Health The Charles H. Hood Foundation seeks to support outstanding investigators conducting innovative and transformative research in Neonatology or Brain Science and Child Development. The overall goal of the Program remains the funding of translational or clinical research that will improve child health, children’s clinical outcomes or improve health care access, affordability, and quality. April 5, 2017

Due to OSP:

May 5, 2017

2017 NIH PAR 17-159 Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01) The National Library of Medicine seeks applications for novel informatics and data science approaches that can help individuals gather, manage and use data and information about their personal health. March 27, 2017 Due to OSP: April 24, 2017
Vallee Foundation Scholars 2017 Recognizing that outstanding, young, independent investigators are the source for future advances in the biomedical sciences and appreciating that flexible funding for basic research is needed, the Vallee Foundation will once again accept nominations for Vallee Scholars (formerly known as Vallee Young Investigators). January 27, 2017 Due to OSP: March 8, 2017
Dana Foundation - David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program 2017 The Dana Foundation's Neuroimaging research program focuses on improving human brain and brain-immune functioning to promote health, and prevent and treat disease. Funds support pilot-testing by investigators, who are early in their research careers, to enable them to pursue promising, high-risk, and innovative ideas that have a direct clinical application. January 20, 2017

Due to OSP:

January 30, 2017

The Moore Inventor Fellows 2017 The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation seeks outstanding inventors and innovators who harness science and technology to enhance the conduct of scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation, or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care. January 12, 2017

Due to OSP:

February 22, 2017

AXA Research Fund Award on "Responsible Artificial Intelligence” These award are aimed at stimulating breakthrough scientific production for mid-career researchers recognized by their peers for their extremely high potential for innovation in their fields.

December 7, 2016 at NOON


December 9, 2016
W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program The Foundation is seeking proposals for its Research Program. Research areas supported: Science, Engineering, Medical Research

December 2, 2016 

Phase I deadline: May 1, 2017

Phase II deadline: July 15, 2017

2017 Mallinckrodt Scholar Award Supports faculty in 5-8th year engaged in basic biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis or treatment of disease. November 21, 2016 January 15, 2017
2017 Agilent Early Career Professor Award Award focus: Techniques for the detection of nucleic acids, proteins or other biomolecules. November 18, 2016 Company due date: January 13, 2017
2017 Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant Program Purpose of the program is to provide start-up monies for new research projects in the field of neuroscience. November 16, 2016 Foundation deadline: January 4, 2017
NSF 15-504 Major Research Instrumentation Program MRI program serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education. November 15, 2016

NSF deadline:

January 11, 2017

2017 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Award Supports scientists in the early stages of their careers in the fields of cancer, immunology and neuroscience. November 14, 2016

LOI due: December 9, 2017

Foundation deadline: January 20, 2017

NSF 16-594 ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Womane in Academic Science and Engineering Careers The goals of the ADVANCE program are (1) to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers; (2) to develop innovative and sustainable ways to promote gender equity that involve both men and women in the STEM academic workforce; and (3) to contribute to the research knowledge base on gender equity and the intersection of gender and other identities in STEM academic careers. November 11, 2016  NSF deadline for LOI: December 14, 2016
NSF 17-501 IUSE/PFE: Revolutionizing Engineering and Computer Science This funding opportunity enables engineering and computer science departments to lead the nation by successfully achieving significant sustainable changes necessary to overcome longstanding issues in their undergraduate programs and education inclusive communities of engineering and computer science students. November 9, 2016 

NSF deadline:

December 9, 2016

NSF 16-604 - Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems  (SNM-IS) Competitive proposals are expected to address the training and education of students in nanomanufacturing, system integration and related areas. Since Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems research will involve addressing multiple scientific and engineering challenges in the design and manufacture of complex nano-enabled integrated systems, an inter-disciplinary approach is strongly encouraged.  November 7, 2016 

NSF deadline:

January 13, 2017

NSF 16-503 Research Traineeship Program (NRT) The program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training.

October 19, 2016


NSF deadline:

February 7, 2017

NSF 16-593 Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN), Supporting the next phase of NCN Nodes Program
Develop compelling new computational and simulation tools and to cultivate communities of users in energing areas of nanoscale science and engineering

October 12, 2016


NSF LOI deadline: November 3, 2016
2017 Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists recognizes the country’s most promising faculty-rank researchers in the Life Sciences, Physical Science and Engineering and Chemistry.

October 5, 2016


Foundation deadline: November 16, 2016
2017 Simons Investigators in Math, Theoreteical Physics, Astrophysics and Computer Science The award aims to provide a stable base of support for outstanding scientists enabling them to undertake long-term investigations of the fundamental theoretical questions in their fields. The intent of the Investigator in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science programs is to support outstanding scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing creative new research directions, providing leadership to the field and effectively mentoring junior scientists.

September 28, 2016


Foundation deadline: October 31, 2016
NSF 16-591 - Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) supports academe-industry partnerships, which are led by an interdisciplinary academic research team collaborating with at least one industry partner to carry out research to advance, adapt, and integrate technology(ies) into aspecified, human-centered smart service system. The selected service system should function as a technology test bed.

September 23, 2016


NSF Deadline: November 16, 2016
NSF 16-571 Partnership for International Research and Education The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community. International partnerships are essential to addressing critical science and engineering problems.

July 27, 2016


September 14, 2016
2017 NIH Director's Early Independence Award The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career. 

July 27, 2016


September 12, 2016
2017 Searle Scholars Program The Searle Scholars Programs supports faculty pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. The program is primarily interested in the potential of applicants to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research over an extended period of time.

July 22, 2016


September 30, 2016
2016 Mallinckrodt Grant Program Supports early investigators engaged in basic biomedical research. Faculty should be in 1st to 4th year.

July 18, 2016


August 1, 2016
2017 Pew Scholars Award in Biomedical Sciences Supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health.

June 23, 2016


November 1, 2016