Office of the Vice President for Research

Limited Extramural Funding


This list features externally funded grant opportunities that require university coordination because the sponsor has limited the number of applications an institution is allowed to submit. Each posting has a link to sponsor specific information as well as detailed internal submission instructions.

  1. Search opportunities from postings listed below. Check both the Sponsor Guidelines and the UM Submission Instructions to determine funding fit, deadlines and requirements needed to submit and apply.
  2. Submit an internal application (required). To be considered for nomination, you must follow the internal submission instructions which detail the material requirements and deadlines. Click on the name of the UM Office to view specific internal submission information. After submitting your application materials to the office coordinating the review process.
  3. Register (optional). Got an idea percolating? Looking for collaborators? Help yourself and others by registering your intent to submit an internal proposal.

General Information

  • Each posting has information about the external sponsor and opportunity as well as the internal application instructions.
  • Opportunities can be sorted by column headings; just click on the heading to re-sort by that column.
  • When a link redirects you to another site, it opens in a new browser window.
  • If you know of an opportunity that is not on the list, please contact Robyn Kennedy.
Internal Requirements

  • Sponsor: redirects you to the sponsor's main website
  • Title/Guidelines: redirects you to sponsor specific information regarding the opportunity which may include description, eligibility, budget instructions, forms and other requirements
  • Amount: Maximum dollar amount awarded.
  • Add’l Req: Identifies special requirements such as cost sharing, partners, etc.
  • Sponsor Deadline: External deadline identified by the sponsor.
  • UM Submission Instructions: Contains specific internal submission requirements including internal proposal instructions, deadline, eligibility, internal nomination process, contact information.
  • # Apps: The maximum number of applications the sponsor will allow the university to submit.
  • UM Deadline: Submission deadline for internal proposal as determined by the coordinating office.
  • Status:
    • Open: UM deadline has not passed and the opportunity is open for application.
    • In Review: Peer review process is in progress for the opportunity.
    • PI Selected: The PI has been selected as the official UM nominee.
    • No Applicants: The internal deadline has passed and no applications were received.
U of M Submission Instructions (Required)

This link includes summary sponsor information, specific instructions for internal submission and contact information for the university office coordinating the nomination process.

  • Follow the directions in the submission instructions and submit required materials by the UM deadline to the contact indicated.
  • Instructions vary according to the requirements of the sponsor and the university office coordinating the nomination process.
Registration (optional)

Registration is an optional but highly recommended feature. Perhaps you are looking for a wider audience for your proposal idea, or for potential collaborators to work with to create a stronger application. Registration allows applicants to share proposal ideas and post contact information.

Registration also provides information that helps the university office overseeing the nomination to determine the level of coordination needed and guide the review process.

To register (or view registrants), click on the UM Submission Instructions for a specific opportunity, then click on the Register Interest link.

Selection Process

  • Once the internal deadline has passed, the status will change to “In Review” and proposals will undergo review.
  • If there are multiple applicants, the office managing the nomination will determine the review criteria and coordinate the review process.
  • Once review has been completed all parties will be notified via email.
  • Nominees will be provided with a letter addressed to the sponsor from the OVPR indicating that they are the university's nominee. This letter should accompany the nominee's proposal.
  • SPA is notified of the university's nominee(s) and the status is updated to “PI Selected”.

SponsorTitleInternal RequirementsUMN DeadlineStatusSponsor DeadlineAmount
Otto Bremer TrustOtto Bremer Trust Community Grants OVPR4/17/2020 In Review 12/31/2020See UM Submission Instructions for more info
W. M. Keck FoundationScience and Engineering and Medical Research Grants (Fall Cycle)OVPR5/4/2020 PI(s) Selected 11/1/2020$2M
NEHSummer StipendsOVPR7/30/2020 PI(s) Selected 9/23/2020$6,000
Cigna FoundationHealthier Kids For Our Future OVPR8/6/2020 9/30/2020See UM Submission Instructions for more info
NIAID,NIHClinical Trials in Organ Transplantation in Children and Adults (CTOT-CA) OVPR8/19/2020 PI(s) Selected 10/9/2020See UM Submission Instructions for more info
Chicago Community Trust Searle Scholars ProgramOVPR8/21/2020 PI(s) Selected 9/30/2020$300,000
NIHArtificial Intelligence and Technology Collaboratories for Aging Research (P30 – Clinical Trial Optional) OVPR8/24/2020 10/1/2020$12.5M
Andrew W. Mellon FoundationJust Futures InitiativeIAS8/28/2020 In Review 9/23/2020$5M
Andrew W. Mellon FoundationNew Directions FellowshipProvost Office8/31/2020 9/28/2020$300,000
USDAAgriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants ProgramOVPR9/16/2020 PI(s) Selected 9/24/2020$500,000
NSFInclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)OVPR9/21/2020 Open 10/5/2020$10M
DHHSRuth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training GrantOVPR9/25/2020 Open 11/9/2020$2.5M
LUI Che Woo PrizeLUI Che Woo Prize for World CivilisationProvost Office9/30/2020 Open 10/31/20202M HKD
NSFImproving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into the Earth, Ocean, Polar and Atmospheric & Geospace Sciences (IUSE:GEOPAths)OVPR10/1/2020 Open 1/21/2021$350,000
Blavatnik Family FoundationBlavatnik Awards for Young ScientistsProvost Office10/7/2020 Open 10/28/2020$250,000
NSFNational Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research InstitutesOVPR10/14/2020 Open 12/4/2020See UM Submission Instructions for more info
NSFPartnerships for Innovation (PFI)OVPR11/4/2020 Open 1/13/2021$550,000

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