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 Michael Hodges.

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

2017 PCF Challenge Awards for Metastatic, Lethal Prostate Cancer - $1MM — External Deadline: April 24, 2017 3:00 p.m. ET

RFA for PCF Challenge Awards for investigations of metastatic, lethal prostate cancer.  These awards will be funded depending on the level of innovation in applications received.  High risk, currently unfunded projects are most desired.

  • Team science awards are composed of at least three (3) investigators from non-profit academic research centers, including one young investigator (see PCF Challenge Award Team requirements).
  • Support large-scale research projects concerning metastatic, lethal prostate cancer over a duration of two years.
  • Provide up to a total of $1 million per team.
  • Cover only direct research costs and travel to the Annual PCF Scientific Retreat.

Visit to complete the online application form and attach the PDFs.  Application submission deadline is April 24, 2017 3:00 p.m. ET.

The 2017 J.M.K. Innovation Prize - $175K — External Deadline: April 28, 2017

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize is an exciting initiative of The J.M. Kaplan Fund, a New York-based family foundation.  In 2017 up to ten Prizes will be awarded to those – nonprofits and mission-driven for-profits – tackling our country’s most pressing needs through social innovation.  The Prize will provide up to three years of support at $50,000 per year, as well as a $25,000 “bank” of funds available for technical assistance or targeted project expenses, making a total award of $175,000.  Specifically, the Prize seeks to support innovation in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation and social justice.  The Prize is particularly designed for early stage ideas being piloted or prototyped by dynamic visionaries.  The J.M.K. Innovation Prize was launched in 2015 and currently runs on a biennial schedule.  This year, prize recipients will ideally present innovative concepts that fall within, in-between or in a matter related to the Fund’s three funding categories:

  • The Environment – Reducing the pace and impacts of climate change.
  • Heritage Conservation – Conserving America’s greatest monuments and places.
  • Social Justice – Supporting decarceration and humane immigrant integration.

Interested individuals or teams may apply now through April 28, 2017.

AWM Mathematics Travel Grants for Women Mathematicians - $3.5K — 2017 External Deadlines: May 1 and October 1

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).

New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming - $50K — External Deadline: May 16, 2017 3:00 p.m. ET

New Connections is a career development program for early career researchers, providing support to grantees and other individuals who are part of a network of eligible researchers.  Through grantmaking, mentorship, career development and networking, New Connections enhances the research capacity of its grantees and network members.  The researchers in this program come from multiple disciplines (health, social sciences, business, urban planning, architecture and engineering); work to build the case for a Culture of Health with strong qualitative and quantitative research skills; and produce and translate timely research results.

  • Grants of up to $50,000 each will be awarded through this program.
  • A total of up to 20 grants will be awarded.  Of the 20 grants awarded in this funding round, up to two grants will be designated for New Connections-Policies for Action awards.
  • Grants will be 12 months in duration.

Deadline for receipt of full proposals is May 16, 2017 3:00 p.m. ET.  Click on the hyperlink above for other key dates along with eligibility and selection criteria.

2017 Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award in Neuroscience - $25K — External Deadline: May 19, 2017 12:00 p.m. ET

The Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award, supported by the Gruber Foundation, recognizes two young neuroscientists for outstanding research and educational pursuits in an international setting.  Recipients will receive a $25,000 cash prize and complimentary registration, transportation (economy air or ground), and two nights hotel accommodations for the SfN annual meeting.  Self-nomination is not permitted.  Nominations must be made or endorsed by a SfN member.  The nomination deadline is May 19, 2017 by noon ET.

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 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 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.

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 – External Deadlines: July 12 and October 4

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.  

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.

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. LOI for spring session is due by October 1, 2017.