Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

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Are you interested in applying for a limited submission funding opportunity? Please apply through the competition application portal today!

Current Open or Upcoming Opportunities

Please see the table below for a complete list of active internal competitions. Click on the linked award name for more information and to access the internal competition application portal . If you are aware of a limited program not listed below, please email

Please note: These opportunities may change at any time based on sponsor priorities.

Items appear in the list ordered by the CU Internal Competition deadline date.


SponsorAwardCU Internal Competition Deadline (11:59 pm MST)Sponsor DeadlineNotes
National Science Foundation (NSF)Major Research Instrumentation  (MRI) ProgramOctober 4, 2021January 19, 2022 
National Cancer Institute (NCI)Early-Stage Surgeon Scientist Program (ESSP)October 5, 2021 Award will be issued as a supplement under the Cancer Center Support Grant (P30CA46934) and will be administered through the Cancer Center. 
National Science FoundationPolar STEAMNovember 29, 2021February 25, 2022 


June - August

SponsorAwardCU Internal Competition Deadline (11:59 pm MST)Sponsor DeadlineNotes
Warren Alpert FoundationDistinguished Scholars Fellowship AwardOctober 4, 2021November 1, 2021 
Gordon and Betty Moore FoundationMoore Inventor FellowsOctober 11, 2021December 13, 2021

Sponsor Nomination Deadline:  11/11/21

BlavatnikNational Awards for Young ScientistsOctober 18, 2021December 1, 2021

Each institution may submit up to 3 nominations, one in each disciplinary category of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement AwardsNovember 15, 2021January 7, 2022 
David and Lucile Packard FoundationFellowships for Science and EngineeringDecember 6, 2021March 15, 2022