Limited Submissions

Granting agencies may impose a limit on the number of proposals submitted to a funding opportunity by an institution. In these cases, the Office of Research and Innovation (VCRI) is responsible for the campus competition. Selection may be made through a preliminary proposal competition (for details, see: This webpage contains an overview of the external limited submission programs (NIH, NSF, foundation and association) programs currently requiring an internal selection process, as well as a calendar of limited programs offered throughout the year.

The limited submission programs are facilitated by Wes Stites or Bob Beitle on behalf of the VCRI. Please contact Wes or Bob at for questions or comments about these programs.

NOTICE: Investigators should notify the Office of Research & Innovation at the earliest possible moment when planning a limited submission proposal. In general, the on campus selection competition will close at least 30 days before the agency’s submission deadline.


Purpose: RII Track-4 provides opportunities for non-tenured investigators to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation’s premier private, governmental, or academic research centers. Through these visits, the EPSCoR Research Fellows will be able to learn new techniques, benefit from access to unique equipment and facilities, and shift their research toward transformative new directions. The experience gained through the fellowship is intended to provide a foundation for research collaborations that span the recipient’s entire career. These benefits to the Fellows are also expected to in turn enhance the research capacity of their institutions and jurisdictions.

Limited: Campus may submit a total of 3 for campus.

Eligibility: PI must hold a non-tenured faculty appointment or its close equivalent, either in the form of a pre-tenure tenure-track position or a long-term non-tenure-track position. Only single-PI proposals are accepted by NSF.

Internal Submission Guidelines: Please contact to express interest in this opportunity.


From the program website: "The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to further develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that guides the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products, and services that benefit society. The goal of the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program, created in 2011 by NSF, has been and will continue to be to reduce the time and risk associated with translating promising ideas and technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace. The I-Corps Program utilizes experiential learning of customer and industry discovery, coupled with first-hand investigation of industrial processes, to quickly assess the translational potential of inventions. The I-Corps Program is designed to support the commercialization of so-called "deep technologies," or those revolving around fundamental discoveries in science and engineering. The I-Corps program addresses the skill and knowledge gap associated with the transformation of basic research into deep technology ventures (DTVs)." 

Internal Submission Guidelines: Please contact to express interest in this opportunity.

From the program website: "The Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), hereby announces its interest in receiving applications from multi-institutional, multidisciplinary teams (requesting support between $10 and $25 million per year) to establish National Quantum Information Science Research Centers referred to in the rest of this announcement as “Centers.” The goal of this FOA is to select applications that will accelerate the transformational advances in basic science and quantum-based technology needed to develop world-leading capabilities in Quantum Information Science (QIS), and in support of the National Quantum Initiative Act. DOE will only fund multi-institution collaborations under this FOA."

Internal Submission Guidelines: Please contact to express interest in this opportunity.


Purpose: The Agricultural Workforce Training Grants program area seeks to develop an industry ready
workforce within the food and agricultural sciences. Through curriculum development at community, junior, and technical colleges/institutes this program will expand job-based, experiential learning opportunities for students to enable a work-ready labor force for 21st-century agricultural jobs. 

Limited: Maximum of three grant applications; limit of one award per lead institution.

Elligibility: Review full elligibility criteria.

Internal Submission Guidelines: Three items are required for the internal selection process. Please combine all items into a single PDF file and mail to, and the Research Dean of your College.

  1. a one page Project Summary, written per the grant solicitation, Element #2. This is one of the most impactful items in a full NSF proposal.
  2. your CV. The grant has specific requirements of the PI which must be clear from the CV you provide.
  3. up to two additional pages to support the Project Summary (Item 1). Use Element #4 (Project Description) of the solicitation as a guide, highlighting material you deem important. Be brief.

From the program website: "National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) invites applications for highly integrated research teams of three to six PD/PIs to address ambitious and challenging research questions that are important for the mission of NIGMS and are beyond the scope of one or two investigators. Collaborative program teams are expected to accomplish goals that require considerable synergy and managed team interactions. Project goals should not be achievable with a collection of individual efforts or projects. Teams are encouraged to consider far-reaching objectives that will produce major advances in their fields. This FOA will use the NIHRM1 Research Project with Complex Structure award mechanism."

Note: "Consultation with NIGMS staff prior to preparing an application is strongly encouraged."

Internal Submission Guidelines: Please contact to express interest in this opportunity.

From the program website: "The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this NIBIB 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.

This FOA seeks to support programs that include innovative approaches to enhance biomedical engineering design education to ensure a future workforce that can meet the nation’s needs in biomedical research and healthcare technologies.

Applications are encouraged from institutions that propose to establish new or to enhance existing team-based design courses or programs in undergraduate biomedical engineering departments or other degree-granting programs with biomedical engineering tracks/minors. This FOA targets the education of undergraduate biomedical engineering/bioengineering students in a team-based environment. While current best practices such as multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary education, introduction to the regulatory pathway and other issues related to the commercialization of medical devices, and clinical immersion remain encouraged components of a strong BME program, this FOA also challenges institutions to propose other novel, innovative and/or ground-breaking activities that can form the basis of the next generation of biomedical engineering design education."

Internal Submission Guidelines: Please contact to express interest in this opportunity.




From the program website: "Grants for Arts Projects is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grants program. Through project-based funding, we support public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. "

Internal Submission Guidelines: Please contact to express interest in this opportunity.




The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. We support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment.



Limited: One application per institution

Eligibility: Any individual with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research, faculty must be resident at an institutions from IDeA states. The objective is to strengthen an institution’s biomedical research infrastructure through the establishment of a thematic multi-disciplinary center.

Internal Submission Guidelines: Applies to current and future PAR

  • Express interest by the Second Friday of July the year prior to submission date. Please email as well as Research Dean of your department with the subject line “NIH COBRE we hope to submit”.
  • If an internal selection is necessary, a 2 page preproposal addressing the content of the LOI will be required by the Last Friday of July.


This program supports tenure-track Assistant Professors as they develop expertise and capabilities in science and engineering related to the advancement of human health. Eligible faculty hold a tenure–track position for less than three years, and you can be nominated twice by your institution. One nomination is permitted per year for each institution.

Internal Submission Guidelines:

  • Express interest by the Second Friday of June. Please email as well as Research Dean of your department with the subject line “Pew I hope to be nominated”.
  • If an internal selection is necessary, a preproposal addressing the application content will be required by the third Monday of June.


The Southeastern Conference Provides up to $10,000 per year to foster institutional collaborations. Typical grant size to faculty is $2,500. Details explaining the travel program are provided in the pdf files below:


Internal Deadline for reviewing travel request: Second week of July

Deadline to inform SEC of Participants: August 1



The Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Community Research Infrastructure (CCRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating divisions [(Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF), Computer and Network Systems (CNS), and Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS)] by funding the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure.  This research infrastructure will specifically support diverse communities of CISE researchers pursuing focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering.

 The Johnson & Johnson Scholars Award Program aims to fuel development of female STEM2D leaders and feed the STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their careers, in each of the STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design.  Six nominees may be sent forward, one in each STEM2D discipline.              

Comments: You must be a female assistant professor at the time of the application at an accredited academic university.  Please submit a 1 page summary, short CV, and the area you believe best represents your discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing, or Design) to and by the third Friday of September to be considered.

NEH summer stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Summer stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months and support projects at any stage of development.  Two nominees may be forwarded for consideration.

Comments: Please contact and by the second Friday of September to discuss eligibility.

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.  The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences.  Three proposals may be submitted to NSF from the UA for consideration.

Comments: Please email the following material to and with the subject line “I’d like to submit to the Informal STEM Learning Program” by the third Friday of September.  Additional information will be requested of a team if an internal selection is required.  This may be the last run of the program based on the RFP.

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations.  Beginning with the FY 2018 competition, each performing organization may submit in revised “Tracks” as defined below, with no more than two submissions in Track 1 and no more than one submission in Track 2.

  • Track 1: Track 1 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $100,0001 and less than $1,000,000.
  • Track 2: Track 2 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $1,000,000 up to and including $4,000,000.

Comments: Express interest by the Second Friday of September. Please email and as well as Research Dean of your department with the subject line “NSF MRI we hope to submit”. In the body of the email provide a one paragraph synopsis of the acquisition and include the proposed Track. Also provide an estimate of the total project cost with an indication of what would be requested of NSF and the university (in way of cost share).  If an internal selection is necessary, a preproposal will be required of investigating teams.


Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program was initiated in 1981. The purpose of this program is to provide start-up monies for new research projects in the field of neuroscience that will likely lead to extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other outside funding sources.  To be eligible, the PI must be a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor working in the field of neuroscience.

One (1) person may be nominated.

Internal Submission Guidelines:

  • By the last Friday in October, express interest to, and your research dean with the subject line "I wish to be considered for the Brain Foundation".
  • If an internal selection is necessary, a 2 page preproposal addressing the content of the LOI will be required.


Limited: UA is allowed only 1 application.

Purpose: RII Track-2 FEC builds interjurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in scientific focus areas consistent with NSF priorities. Projects are investigator-driven and must include researchers from at least two RII- eligible jurisdictions with complementary expertise and resources necessary to tackle those projects, which neither party could address as well or rapidly alone. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education activities should seek to broaden participation through the strategic inclusion and integration of different types of individuals, institutions, and sectors throughout the project. Proposals must describe a comprehensive and integrated vision to drive discovery and build sustainable STEM capacity that exemplifies diversity of all types (individual, institutional, geographic, and disciplinary). The development of diverse early-career faculty is a critical component of this sustainable STEM capacity.

For FY 2020, RII Track-2 FEC proposals are invited on a single topic: "Harnessing the Data Revolution to solve problems of national importance.”

Internal Submission Guidelines:

  • Express interest by the last Friday of October. Please email, , and the Research Dean of your department with the subject line “NSF Track II we hope to submit”.
  • LOI to NSF of selected group is due December 20, 2019.


Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:

  • Eligible (Institutions of Higher Education) IHEs can submit one proposal to IT-Preliminary, Adaptation, OR IHEs can also be a partner on one or more Partnership proposals.
  • Eligible Non-profit, non-academic organizations can submit one proposal to the Adaptationcompetition and be a partner on one or more Partnership proposals.
  • IHEs and non-profit, non-academic organizations may be partners on multiple ADVANCE Partnership proposals in the same competition but can be the lead organization only on one Partnership proposal in the same competition.

Purpose: The goals of the ADVANCE program are:

  1. to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM [1] careers;
  2. to develop innovative and sustainable ways to promote gender equity that involve both men and women in the STEM academic workforce; and
  3. to contribute to the research knowledge base on gender equity and the intersection of gender and other identities in STEM academic careers.

The ADVANCE program contributes to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce because of the focus on equity for STEM academic faculty who are educating, training, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

Internal Submission Guidelines:

  • Express interest by the last Friday of October. Please email as well as the Research Dean of your College/Program with the subject line “NSF ADVANCE we hope to submit”.
  • If an internal selection is necessary, a preproposal will be required of investigating teams.


Limited: One nomination per institution

Eligibility: This program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences.  Tenure-track faculty from Ph.D.-granting, chemistry or chemistry-related departments within 5 years of the initial appointment.

Internal Submission Guidelines:

  • Express interest of being nominated by Second Friday of November. Please email, and the Research Dean of your College/Program with the subject line “Dreyfus, I wish to be considered”.
  • An internal selection will occur should more than one person wish to be nominated.


Limited: Two applicants per institution

Eligibility: Full-time assistant professors within two years of their initial tenure track appointment at the time of application
These awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions.

Internal Submission Guidelines:

  • Express interest by the Second Friday of November. Please email, and the Research Dean of your department with the subject line “I’d like to be considered for the Powe”.
  • If an internal selection is necessary, additional information addressing the content of the application will be solicited from the possible nominee. 



From the website: "The International Sports Programming Initiative uses sports to help underserved youth around the world develop important leadership skills, achieve academic success, promote tolerance and respect for diversity, and positively contribute to their home and host communities. Sports Diplomacy programs are an important tool for advancing U.S. foreign policy goals through interaction with hard-to-reach groups such as at-risk youth, women, minorities, people with disabilities, and non-English speakers. With 2020 being the 30th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Sport for Social Change theme places an emphasis on adaptive sport and the role of the ADA in promoting inclusion and access for people with disabilities. "
 For limited submissions not listed here

If you are interested in a solicitation that limits the number of campus submissions, please contact the Director of Research and Sponsored Programs. By Academic Policy Series 1535.10, RSSP needs to determine the number of possible submissions and determine which proposal(s) are to be submitted. This step may seem to be generating competition for your proposal but it is in your best interest. It is better to find out early if there are other potential proposals before you expend significant effort to write a complete proposal. It also identifies potential collaborations between two different proposal teams.