Open Call RFPs

Guidelines for Open Call RFPs

When a sponsoring program announcement does not limit the number of submissions per institution, interested, qualified individuals are free, pending departmental policy and while working with their ORPA representative within the standard University process, to apply. When the office of Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations learns of an open Request for Proposals (RFP) opportunity, the opportunity is posted to the CEFR website and an email is sent to the relevant department chairs, deans, institute directors, departmental managers, departmental grant managers, faculty and ORPA announcing the opportunity. The submission requirements for open calls are determined by each sponsoring institution and vary by opportunity.

Those qualified and interested in applying then work with their department and grant managers, ORPA and CEFR to make sure that the external submission documents are complete and delivered on time.

If you would like assistance working with your proposal, please contact Rajiv Hota.

A list of current open requests for proposals (RFPs) appears below. RFPs are sorted according to their submission deadlines. The title of each entry links to the website with more information about the opportunity.

2017 Simons Foundation Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences — External Deadline: Rolling

The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for its new Targeted Grants in MPS program. The program is intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. A typical Targeted Grant in MPS provides funding for up to five years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended funding limit. Expenses for experiments, equipment, or computations, as well as for personnel and travel, are allowable. The deadline is rolling and an applicant can submit at any time.

2017 Cisco RFP for Secure and Private Internet of Things — External Deadline: Rolling

This new Cisco RFP with a rolling deadline (an applicant can submit at any time) requests researchers to propose innovative approaches to address issues like those listed below (but not necessarily limited to these):

  • End-to-end architectures that are massively scalable, secure and privacy-preserving from the ground up
  • Development of new IoT hardware platforms, operating systems, services, application development framework and networking technologies
  • Edge computing for processing data at the edge of the network
  • End-to-End homogeneous architectures leveraging new paradigms
  • Development of security application taking into consideration its behavior when errors and exception are encountered
  • Techniques that convert the massive amount of data collected from IoT devices into usable knowledge
  • Define new cryptographic computational models and security mechanisms for IoT devices to be secure for decades or more
  • Design of ultra-low power micro controllers with integrated security, providing encryption and anonymity, and better able to evolve and adapt to changing security needs
  • Well-governed supply chain, traceable hardware and software, defensible products, trustworthiness, resilience, transparency, and agile response to incidents
  • Technical or economic analysis of any of the above proposed approaches by others.

Comcast Innovation Fund Research Grants and Open Source Development Grants - $150K Max Anticipated — External Deadline: Rolling

The Comcast Innovation Fund offers funding for researchers at leading academic institutions and elsewhere to support research that is of mutual interest to Comcast and the research community. It also provides funding to support open source software development. Research Grants can be either general or targeted. Open Source Development Grants are intended to fund new or continued development of open source software in areas of interest to Comcast or of benefit to the Internet and broadband industries. Topics of interest are listed at and applicant instructions are posted at

2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, Life Science and Mathematics - $3MM — External Deadline: May 31, 2017

The Breakthrough Prize has opened the public nomination period for its 2018 prizes in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics. Prizes will be awarded in early December 2017 during a live, globally televised gala awards ceremony in Silicon Valley. Nominations can be submitted online through May 31, 2017. While self-nominations are prohibited, anyone may make a nomination for another person. The nomination form and rules are available at

In addition, up to six New Horizons Prizes, each for $100,000 will be presented to promising early-career researchers in the fields of Fundamental Physics and Mathematics.

2018 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science - $250K — External Deadline: May 31, 2017

The Franklin Institute seeks nominations for the 2018 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to our understanding or the development of genome editing and/or its applications. Nominations may recognize contributions including, but not limited to, the discovery/elucidation of genome editing mechanisms such as those involving CRISPR, TALENs, or zinc finger nucleases; genome editing tool development; or genome editing for basic research or applied outcomes in a variety of systems (e.g. for crop improvement or medical therapeutics). Self-nominations are accepted and nominations must clearly indicate the scientific impact of the nominee’s work, whether conceptual, technical, or integrative. The award, gold medal, and cash prize of $250,000 are presented annually to a distinguished member of the international scientific community for work in a prescribed discipline that changes each year. All nominations and supporting letters should be mailed or emailed by May 31, 2017 to the address provided at this website.  

2018 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science - $50K — External Deadline: May 31, 2017

The Vilcek Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of immigrant contributions to American society. The Foundation will award three prizes of $50,000 each to young foreign-born biomedical scientists who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. Eligible work may be in basic, applied, and/or translational biomedical science. Applicants must be age 38 and under as of 12/31/2017. The winners of the Creative Promise Prize in Biomedical Science will be notified by November 2017 and invited to attend the Vilcek Foundation’s annual awards ceremony in New York City, in the spring of 2018.

SAMSUNG Global Research Outreach (GRO) - $300K — External Deadline: June 11, 2017 8:00 p.m. ET

The GRO Program seeks innovative research proposals from world leading universities to foster collaborative research relationships. Selected proposals will receive up to $100k for one year; support may be renewed for up to three years. Princeton would have to accept the GRO Research Agreement conditions (which include intellectual property rights) as part of the proposal submission process. In 2017, proposals are sought in 26 research themes (but other themes are also welcome): (1) Intelligence & Recognition, (2) Neural Processor, (3) Next Generation Computing, (4) Mobile/Wearable Technology, (5) Metaphotonics & Photonic Sensors, (6) Cloud Computing, (7) Autonomous Driving, (8) NIR Emitting Materials, (9) New QD Materials, (10) Wireless Power Transmission & Energy Harvesting, (11) Functional Oxide, (12) AI for Analytical Science, (13) Semiconductor, (14) Augmented Reality, (15) Quantum Computer, (16) New Device & Circuit Concept, (16) New Imaging, (17) Personal Service Robots, (18) Security & Privacy, (19) Software Engineering, (20) 2D Materials & Applications, (21) High Energy Density Battery with Ultra-Safety Functions, (22) Multi-functional Optical Films and Coatings, (23) Material Informatics, (24) Ultrafast Electron Microscopy, and (26) Dielectric Materials for Next Generation Capacitor. Application deadline is June 11, 2017 8:00 p.m. ET.

2017 Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships in Marine Microbial Ecology - $246K — External Deadline: June 15, 2017 5:00 p.m. ET

The Simons Foundation invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships to support research on fundamental problems in marine microbial ecology. The foundation is particularly interested in applicants with training in different fields who want to apply their experience to understanding the role of microorganisms in shaping ocean processes and vice versa, as well as applicants with experience in modeling or theory development. While these cross-disciplinary applicants will receive particular attention, applicants already involved in ocean research are also encouraged to apply. The foundation anticipates awarding five fellowships in 2017. The award is for three years, contingent upon satisfactory annual progress reports, and will include an annual stipend of $62,000, an annual allowance of up to $10,000 for health insurance for the fellow and family and an annual research allowance of $10,000 for the fellow. All proposals must be completed electronically and submitted using forms provided at proposalCENTRAL. Application deadline is June 15, 2017 5:00 p.m. ET.

2018 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards in the Life Sciences - €100K — External Deadline: June 16, 2017

Created in 1998, the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards program identifies and supports eminent women in science throughout the world. Each year, Awards Laureates are recognized for their contributions to the advancement of science, in Life or Physical Sciences in alternating years. The 2018 edition of the Awards will designate five outstanding scientific researchers in the Life Sciences, working in one of each of the following regions:

- Africa & the Arab States

- Asia-Pacific

- Europe (including Israel)

- Latin America

- North America

Nominations will be accepted for work in a list of published fields within the following areas of Life Sciences:

1.   Biological Sciences

2.   Medicines and Heath Sciences

3.   Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Each of the five Laureates will receive an Award of €100,000, out of which:

- €80,000 is presented personally to the Laureate, in recognition of her commitment and contribution to the advancement of scientific research.

- €20,000 must be dedicated by the Laureate to the promotion of women in science or the promotion of science to the younger generation.  The specific means of this support may include the costs related to such activities as school conferences, mentoring, and educational outreach programs, or by a direct donation to a nonprofit association or institution dedicated to the promotion of women in science.

To be considered eligible for an Award, it is necessary to be nominated in writing by an eminent scientist. All application materials must be received by the sponsor by midnight (France GMT/UTC + 2h) on June 16, 2017. Nominations can only be submitted electronically through this online platform:

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Research in Transforming Health & Health Care Systems - $600K — External Deadline: June 23, 2017 3:00 p.m. ET

RWJF’s new Research in Transforming Health and Health Care Systems (RTHS) call for proposals (CFP) seeks to fund rigorous, empirical studies that evaluate or predict the potential effects of policies or policy changes intended to transform health and health care systems. The 2017 RTHS CFP will focus on empirical and policy–relevant analyses that can inform strategies to ensure access to high-quality, affordable health care and insurance coverage. RWJF will prioritize proposals for research that are timely and that will directly inform the policy process. Projects may be generated from disciplines including health services research, economics, sociology, program evaluation, political science, public policy, public health, public administration, law, business administration, or other related fields. Up to $600,000 will be available under this CFP. Project funding will range from $50,000 to $150,000 to accommodate studies of 6–12 months. Preference may be given to rapid-turnaround projects that can be completed within six months, although the study timeline should be appropriate for the proposed objectives. Up to six studies will be funded. Grants may not be used for basic biomedical research or conducting conferences and symposia. Applicants should preview a sample proposal, the PDF brochure, and the FAQs before submitting their proposal electronically using the Apply Online link. Deadline for receipt of full proposals is June 23, 2017 3:00 p.m. ET.

2018 HHMI Investigator Competition — External Deadline: June 27, 2017 3:00 p.m. ET

This national competition for the appointment of outstanding scientists as HHMI investigators will enable HHMI to strengthen its community of basic researchers and physician scientists who bring innovative approaches to the study of biological problems in biomedical disciplines, plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology. From this competition, HHMI expects to appoint up to 20 new investigators who will be among the most creative and promising in the nation. HHMI investigators are expected to demonstrate a combination of the following attributes that distinguish them from other highly competent scientists in their field:

  • They identify and pursue significant biological questions in a rigorous and deep manner
  • They push their chosen research field into new areas of inquiry, being consistently at its forefront
  • They develop new tools and methods that enable creative experimental approaches to biological questions, bringing to bear, when necessary, concepts or techniques from other disciplines
  • They forge links between basic biology and medicine
  • They demonstrate great promise of future original and innovative contributions.

Application deadline is June 27, 2017 3:00 p.m. ET.

Woodard & Curran Foundation Track 2: 3-Year Impact Grant for Clean Water Initiatives -$100K — External Deadline July 1, 2017 11:59 p.m. ET

The Woodard & Curran Foundation, the charitable arm of integrated engineering, science, and operations company Woodard & Curran, is accepting applications from nonprofits organizations for projects focused on protecting and promoting clean water sources. The intent for the 2017 Impact Grant is to establish a partnership with an organization that shares its vision by funding an innovative project that applies or advances technology by addressing water issues (e.g. water, wastewater, stormwater, etc.) relating to climate change. During 2017, one Impact Grant will be awarded for $100,000, distributed over three consecutive years beginning in October/November 2017 ($33,000 in 2017, $33,000 in 2018, and $34,000 in 2019). Projects that use primarily international staff to benefit non-U.S. locations are not likely to be considered. Letters of Interest are accepted on a rolling basis; however, to be considered for the 2017 Impact Grant, basic project information and LOI must be submitted by July 1, 2017 11:59 p.m. ET. Basic project information must be submitted online. LOI must not exceed two pages, must be in pdf format, and must be emailed to A PDF version of the application which includes the application instructions as well as the FAQs is available for download. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by September 15, 2017 11:59 p.m. ET.

2018 Damon Runyon-Rachleff  Innovation Award for Cancer Research – $300K — External Deadline: July 6, 2017

The Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award is designed to provide support for the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with “high-risk/high-reward” ideas that have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer. The Innovation Award is specifically designed to provide funding to extraordinary early career researchers who have an innovative new idea but lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding. It is not designed to fund incremental advances. The research supported by the award must be novel, exceptionally creative and, if successful, have the strong potential for high impact in the cancer field. $150,000 per year ($300,000 total) with the opportunity for up to two additional years of funding (up to four years total for $600,000). Application deadline is July 6, 2017.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Pilot Research Grants - $44K – External Deadlines: July 12 and October 4, 2017

The Society funds high-risk pilot grants to quickly test novel ideas. Funding is provided for one year to test innovative, cutting-edge ideas or untested methods, and to gather sufficient preliminary data to apply for longer-term funding. Researchers who have completed their post-doctoral training, and who are considered eligible by their institutions to apply for a research grant, are invited to apply. The Society welcomes applications for studies related to multiple sclerosis that may serve to advance its mission of stopping MS progression, restoring function and improving quality of life, and preventing MS.  

2017 Berggruen Philosophy Prize: For Ideas that Shape the World - $1M — External Deadline: July 15, 2017 2:55 a.m. ET

The Berggruen Institute seeks to nurture new ideas that have the potential to shape a better human future and is committed to science as a source of knowledge and innovation and to philosophy as a source of critical perspective and deeper understanding of the place and role of humanity in the world. Each year, the institute offers the Berggruen Prize, a $1 million award that recognizes thinkers whose ideas have helped humanity find direction, wisdom, and improved self-understanding in a world being rapidly transformed by social, technological, political, cultural, and economic change. The Berggruen Institute believes that philosophy, broadly understood as the disciplined intellectual pursuit of wisdom, has a key role to play in making our complex reality more comprehensible and to prepare us to make wiser choices about our future. The institute welcomes nominations of thinkers whose ideas have both intellectual depth and long-term social and practical value across nations and cultures. Nominations will only be accepted through this web portal: If you have a problem making your nomination, please write to The deadline to nominate is July 15, 2017 2:55 a.m. ET (July 14, 2017 11:55 p.m. PT).

2018 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry - $120K — External Deadline: August 1, 2017

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation seeks to further the development of scientific leadership in the field of environmental chemistry with a postdoctoral fellowship program. Applications are accepted from principal investigators who have well-established research efforts in environmental science or engineering. These research activities need not be located in traditional departments in the chemical sciences, and collaboration across departments and institutions is encouraged. The postdoctoral fellow is usually not already identified nor in the principal investigator's lab at the time of application. Applications most likely to be of interest should describe innovative fundamental research in the chemical sciences or engineering related to the environment. Examples include but are not limited to the chemistry associated with: the climate, the atmosphere, aquatic or marine settings, toxicology, soil or groundwater. Also of interest are chemistry-related energy research (renewable sources, sequestration, etc.), and new or green approaches to chemical synthesis and processing, both with a clearly stated relation to the environment. The submission deadline is August 1, 2017.

Russell Sage Foundation/Carnegie Corporation Initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration - $150K — External Deadline: August 21, 2017 2:00 p.m. ET

The Russell Sage Foundation (RSF)/Carnegie Corporation Initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration seeks to support innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status and politics, political culture and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and for the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations. This initiative falls under RSF’s Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration Program and represents a special area of interest within the core program, which continues to encourage proposals on a broader set of issues. Applications must be limited to no more than a two-year period, with a maximum of $150,000 per project (including overhead). Refer to RSF’s website for upcoming deadlines, application guidelines, budget guidelines and FAQs. Letters of inquiry for this initiative must be received no later than August 21, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by November 15, 2017. All applications must be submitted through RFS’s online submission system. Questions should be addressed to Aixa Cintrón-Vélez, Program Director, at Instructions on how to apply are available here.

2018 John Templeton Foundation Grants - Large Grants >$217.4K, Small Grants <= $217.4K — External Deadline: August 31, 2017

The John Templeton Foundation is now accepting online funding inquiries for projects aligned with its major funding area, “Science and the Big Questions.” The program aims to support “innovative efforts to address the deepest questions facing mankind: Why are we here? How can we flourish? What are the fundamental structures of reality? What can we know about the nature and purposes of the divine?”  Funding area themes include “Fundamental Structures and Laws of Nature,” “The Nature of the Divine,” “The Nature and Potential of the Mind,” “Religion and Spirituality in Human Experience,” and “Life, Love, and Virtue.” “Large” grants are defined as requests for more than $217,400 (USD). “Small” grants are defined as requests for $217,400 (USD) or less. The Foundation invites submissions of project ideas through an Online Funding Inquiry (OFI). Applicants will be notified if a Full Proposal will be invited. Online funding inquiries are due August 31, 2017. Invited proposals for “large” grants will be due on January 31, 2018. Funding decisions will be made by June 8, 2018. Proposals for “small” grants will be due and decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

2018 Spring Whitehall Foundation Research Grants/Grants-in-Aid - $225K — External Deadline: October 1, 2017

The Whitehall Foundation supports scholarly research in the life sciences through its research grants and grants-in-aid programs. It is the foundation's policy to support those dynamic areas of basic biological research that are not heavily supported by federal agencies or other foundations with specialized missions. The foundation emphasizes the support of young scientists at the beginning of their careers and productive senior scientists who wish to move into new fields of interest. Letters of inquiry for spring session are due by October 1, 2017.

AWM Mathematics Travel Grants for Women Mathematicians - $3.5K — 2017 External Deadline: October 1, 2017

The Mathematics Travel Grants from the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) provides full or partial support for travel and subsistence for a meeting or conference in the applicant’s field of specialization. All awards will be determined on a competitive basis by a selection panel consisting of distinguished mathematicians appointed by the AWM. A maximum of $2,300 for domestic travel and of $3,500 for foreign travel will be funded. These travel funds are provided by the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The conference or the applicant’s research must be in an area supported by DMS. The list of research areas supported by NSF/DMS is available at this link. All applicants must first complete the online pre-survey. External deadlines for 2017 are May 1 and October 1 (application sites open approximately 45 days in advance of the deadline).