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Limited Submission Opportunities

On occasion, a funding opportunity will arise that is limited to just one or two proposals from each institution. In that case, an internal competition is necessary to pick the most promising applications. Please contact Kris Wolff, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, to express interest in these opportunities at or 718-817-4086.

Current List of Opportunities

Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Fellowships for 2021-2022
Internal Competition: extended to May MAY 22, 2020 @ 5 p.m.
If nominated, full proposals due to OSP by June 8, 2020

Updated Sponsor Deadlines:
Fordham's Declaration of Nominees - June 6, 2020
Full Proposal - June 29, 2020

The Whiting Foundation has again invited Fordham University to nominate one humanities faculty member for each of two fellowship opportunities (two total nominees). Per the Foundation, “[b]oth programs support ambitious projects infusing into public life the richness, profundity, and nuance that give the humanities their lasting value.”

Eligibility: Nominees must be full-time, early-career humanities faculty as of September 2020. They must be one of the following: pre-tenure, un-tenured, or have received tenure in the last five years.bFull-time lecturers at an equivalent career stage are eligible to apply with approval of their chair (*see note).

Nominations: Fordham is limited to submitting one Fellowship proposal to each of the two competitions. Prospective applicants are asked to submit an internal pre-proposal by March 19, 2020, to Beth Torres, Humanities Grants Officer, at

Faculty interested in applying should submit an internal application that answers the below-named questions in Appendix 2 of the guidelines:

  • Question #1 (project precis)
  • Question #2 (overview and intended outcomes), 
  • Question #3 (collaborators only; letters of support not required at this time),
  • Question #5 (intended public and engagement plan).
  • Questions #6 and #7: Brief timeline and brief budget plan (may be fewer than 200 words)

The Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship ($50,000).  “Proposals should be far enough into development or execution to present specific, compelling evidence that they will successfully engage the intended public. For the strongest Fellowship proposals, both the overall strategy and the practical plan to implement the project will be deeply developed, relationships with key collaborators will be in place, and connections with the intended public will have been cultivated. In some cases, the nominee and collaborators may have tested the idea in a pilot, or the project itself may already be underway.”

The Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Program’s Seed Grants ($10,000). “Supports Projects at a somewhat earlier stage of development than the Fellowship, before the nominee has been able to establish a specific track record of success for the proposed public-facing work. It is not designed for projects starting entirely from scratch: nominees should have fleshed out a compelling vision, including a clear sense of whose collaboration will be required and the ultimate scope and outcomes. They should have articulated specific short-term next steps required to advance the project and understand the resources required to complete them…A recipient might use the grant, for example, to test the project on a smaller scale or to engage deeply in planning with collaborators or the intended public.”

Please read the guidelines thoroughly, including the Advice for Preparing Proposals (Appendix 1) and the descriptions of prior awardees’ projects (links are on page 2). View the guidelines.

*NOTE: The Whiting Foundation uses the term, ‘full-time adjuncts,’ but this is not a position at Fordham. However, as noted above, full-time lecturers are eligible to apply with the approval of their chair.

National Science Foundation General Social Survey (GSS) Competition

Sponsor Deadlines:
Letter of Intent - June 1, 2020, by 5 p.m.
Full Proposal - August 17, 2020, by 5 p.m.

From the executive summary of this opportunity:
The General Social Survey (GSS) is a nationally representative interview survey of the United States adult population that collects data on a wide range of topics: behavioral items such as group membership and participation; personal psychological evaluations including measures of well-being, misanthropy, and life satisfaction; attitudinal questions on such public issues as crime and punishment, race relations, gender roles, and spending priorities; and demographic characteristics of respondents and their parents. The GSS has provided data on contemporary American society since 1972, serving as a barometer of social change and trends in attitudes, behaviors, and attributes of the United States adult population. In 1984, the GSS stimulated cross-national research by collaborating with Australia, Britain, and Germany to develop data collection programs modeled on the GSS. This program of comparative cross-national research, called the International Social Survey Program (ISSP), now includes 43 nations and enables researchers and analysts to place findings and trends from the United States within a comparative context.

The Sociology Program in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences expects to make one award for the next four-year funding cycle, fiscal years 2021-2024, to support the 2022 and 2024 GSS and the U.S. component of the ISSP survey. We anticipate an award in the range of $14 million and at most $16 million over four years to support two waves of data collection, dissemination activities, and outreach. The expected starting date is August 2021.

Fordham is limited to submitting one proposal to this program.

Please review the link to the GSS program above and if you are interested in submitting for this competition, please contact Kris Wolff, Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, at We will determine the need for an internal competition based on interest.

National Institutes of Health/NIGMS Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25)

Sponsor Deadline:
Full Proposal - July 14, 2020, by 5 p.m.

From the Funding Opportunity Purpose:
The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The overarching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

  • Courses for Skills Development
  • Research Experiences
  • Mentoring Activities
  • Curriculum or Methods Development
  • Outreach

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the SEPA Scientific/Research Contact to be advised on the appropriateness of the intended project for SEPA program objectives and the priorities of the NIGMS.

Fordham is limited to submitting one proposal.

Please review the link to the SEPA program above and if you are interested in submitting for this competition, please contact Kris Wolff, Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, at We will determine the need for an internal competition based on interest.