Limited Submission Opportunities

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NEH Summer Stipends

Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months.  The program focuses on stimulating new research in the humanities and its publication by supporting the work of individual scholars doing research or writing. NEH funds may support recipients’ compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research.

Note:  Join the Webinar to hear about changes to the Summer Stipend Program on July 10, 2024, 2:00-3:00 PM. Updated guidelines will be posted June 18, 2024. 

Limited Submission Due: 6/28/2024

Sponsor Deadline: 9/18/2024

Funding Available: $8,000

Number of Applications allowed: One per institution.

To Apply: Brief project overview (2 pages) to include: Project title, project description, project competencies, stage of the project that will be funded and workplan/timeline. 


The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s anddoctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The program isdedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary or convergent research areas, through acomprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. Proposals arerequested that address any interdisciplinary or convergent research theme of national priority, as noted above.

The NRT program addresses workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduateeducation. The program encourages proposals that involve strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations(NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academicpartners. NRT especially welcomes proposals that include partnership with NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners ofUnderrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) and leverage INCLUDES project efforts to develop STEM talent fromall sectors and groups in our society ( Collaborations between NRTproposals and existing NSF INCLUDES projects should strengthen both NRT and INCLUDES projects.

Limited Submission Due: 7/1/2024

Sponsor Deadline: 9/6/2024

Funding Available: Track 1 - $3M over 5 years

Number of Applications allowed: UB is eligible to submit 1 proposal to NRT Track 1.  UB is not eligible for Track 2.

To Apply:  Name of PI and current NSF Biosketch along with  a one-page Project Summary which consists of a short title of the project, project priority area, a summary of the research area and theme and expected number of graduate students that will participate in the project-funded activities.  Also include 5 keywords to describe the projects research/eduction focus areas.



The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to increase the scale and pace of advancing discoveries made while conducting academic research into tangible solutions that benefit the public. This is the primary aim of the "Accelerating Research Translation" (ART) program. Specifically, the primary goals of this program are to build capacity and infrastructure for translational research at U.S. Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) and to enhance their role in regional innovation ecosystems. In addition, this program seeks to effectively train graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in translational research, benefiting them across a range of career options.

Limited Submission Due: 6/28/24

Sponsor Deadline: 9/16/24

Funding Available: $6,000,000 per award

Number of Applications allowed: One per organization

To Apply: Name of PI and current NSF Biosketch and a one-page Project Summary which consists of three parts: (1) a project overview, (2) a statement on the intellectual merit of the proposed activity, and (3) a statement on the broader impacts of the proposed activity. The last line of the Project Summary must have a list of six keywords. The first two keywords must denote the NSF Directorates that are the most relevant to the initial cohort of STRPs described in the proposal from this list: BIO, CISE, EDU, ENG, GEO, MPS, SBE. Please do not include TIP as one of these directorates.


The MRI Program provides for state-of-the-art instruments through acquisition from vendors and development of next-generation research instruments that advance the state-of-the-art in science and engineering research. For development proposals the Program seeks to leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations.

Limited Submission Due: 7/29/2024

Sponsor Deadline: 11/15/2024

Funding Available: Track 1: Track 1 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $100,0001 and less than $1,400,000. Track 2: Track 2 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $1,400,000 up to and including $4,000,000.Track 3 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $100,0001 and less than or equal to $4,000,000 for requests that include the purchase, installation, operation, and maintenance of equipment and instrumentation to reduce consumption of helium.

Number of Applications allowed: Two (2) in Track 1, one (1) in Track 2 and one (1) in Track 3.

To Apply: Title of Project - "MRI: Track #____". One-page brief description and need for equipment, including location.  Include a separate list of users and 3 quotes.

*If you are interested in or applying for an ARPA-H funding opportunity outside of the Open Call BAA, OVPRED requests that you notify of your intent to submit.

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