Limited Submission Opportunities

Updated: November 2022


Many federal agencies and foundations offer grants, awards and fellowships that limit the number of applications that can come from one institution. To increase the chances of RUSH succeeding in these “limited submission opportunity” applications, a pre-proposal submission and internal selection process has been established. This procedure applies to all Rush University faculty, staff and students applying for to grant opportunities in which the sponsoring agency limits the number of applications that can come from our institution.

Individual instructions are included for each opportunity listed.

Archived philanthropic RFPs from the past year can be found here.



Funding Source Grant Name Description Deadline
Warren Alpert Foundation

Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholars Fellowship Award

The Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholars program will support individual scientists of exceptional creativity who have an MD or PhD degree (or both) and who have completed a minimum of three years  of a post-doctoral fellowship by July 1, 2023 in the field of  neurosciences and hold a post-doctoral research position at a United States medical school, research institute or academic hospital. These awards are given as a transitional post-doctoral award for recipients to enable their advance to a full-time faculty member at the Assistant Professor level or higher and/or to assist in the development of a laboratory program that would lead to independent funding. The medical school, research institute or academic hospital appointing the scholar will be awarded $200,000 annually for two years to cover their salary, lab costs, and related expenses.  Under certain circumstances, the awardee may transfer funding to support their faculty position.  Indirect cost of up to 15% of direct costs, may be included in the $200,000.  All applicants are required to provide 75% effort. More information


Internal application deadline
Applications due (one slot)


Mary Kay Ash Foundation Cancer Research Grant
The Mary Kay Ash Foundation is a non-profit public foundation, which focuses on funding research for innovative grants for translational research of cancers affecting women (ovarian, uterine, breast, endometrial or cervical cancer among others). Translational research is broadly defined as research that will provide a scientific link between laboratory research and the clinic. Such research would lead to improvement in diagnosis, prognosis, prevention, or treatment of the cancer. The grant will be up to $100,000 (combined direct and indirect costs) for a two-year period. The Foundation anticipates funding between 10 and 15 grants.
Rush may nominate one candidate. More information
RSVP for internal slot
Internal deadline