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Limited Submission Grant Competitions

National Science Foundation (NSF)


(5:00 PM)

opportunity Name



Funding AMOUNT

March 31, 2017 Tomorrow's Internet Project Office (TIPOFF) National Science Foundation (NSF) May 2, 2017 $10,000,000
March 31, 2017 Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science National Science Foundation (NSF) May 16, 2017 $300,000
April 6, 2017 NIMHD Specialized Centers of Excellence on Minority Health and Health Disparities (U54) National Institutes of Health (NIH)  May 15, 2017 $4,750,000
April 14, 2017 St. Baldrick’s Infrastructure Grants 2017 St. Baldrick's Foundation July 14, 2017 $50,000
April 15, 2017 2018 Beckman Scholars Program Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation June 15, 2017 $26,000
April 25, 2017 Research Education: Bridges to the Doctorate (R25) National Institutes of Health (NIH) September 25, 2017 $1,500,000
April 25, 2017 Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (R25) National Institutes of Health (NIH) September 25, 2017 $1,500,000
May 3, 2017 Pathway to Stop Diabetes 2017 American Diabetes Association (ADA) July 3, 2017 Not available as of press time
May 4, 2017 William T. Grant Scholars Program 2017 William T. Grant Foundation July 6, 2017 $350,000
May 14, 2017 Collections in Support of Biological Research National Science Foundation (NSF) August 14, 2017 Not available as of press time
June 18, 2017 Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications National Science Foundation (NSF) September 18, 2017 Not available as of press time
July 7, 2017 Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) National Science Foundation (NSF) August 14, 2017 $225,000
August 7, 2017 Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology National Science Foundation (NSF) November 7, 2017 100,000
August 17, 2017 Disney Conservation Fund Annual Conservation Grants 2018 Walt Disney Company November 17, 2017 $50,000
August 29, 2017 Clinical Scientist Development Award 2017 Doris Duke Charitable Foundation November 29, 2017 $495,000
September 8, 2017 Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections National Science Foundation (NSF) October 13, 2017 Not available as of press time
October 15, 2017 Major Research Instrumentation Program National Science Foundation (NSF) January 10, 2018 4,000,000
November 15, 2017 Innovation Corps- National Innovation Network Sites Program National Science Foundation (NSF) February 8, 2018 500,000
November 15, 2017 Innovation Corps (I-Corps TM) - National Innovation Network Nodes Program National Science Foundation (NSF) February 8, 2018 2,550,000
November 15, 2017 Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM National Science Foundation (NSF) February 15, 2018 600,000

Please check IIT Today regarding internal deadlines for NSF Limited Submissions. A complete list of NSF limited submissions can be found here.

Some sponsors have limits on the number of proposals that may be submitted from an organization. In these cases, an internal selection process is required to determine which proposals will go forward. When the number of abstracts received is more than the number of proposals allowed per the solicitation, an internal competition will be necessary.

The process described below is the result of input from faculty and discussions between the associate deans, department chairs, deans of the various colleges and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. The purpose of this document is to outline the internal review process for limited submission proposals. The goal of this process is to ensure that proposals are reviewed in both a fair and competitive manner. This will also allow the Vice Provost for Research to select a pool of reviewers with the proper expertise to present a strong candidate or team to move forward.

Overall Process

The process for submitting and selecting proposals for limited submissions is a three-step process.

  1. PIease submit a three page abstract and budget summary to Domenica Pappas for consideration in the internal competition
  2. If necessary, Vice Provost for Research, or his or her, designee convenes an internal panel to review properly submitted abstracts
  3. If selected in the internal competition, the PI submits a full proposal to the sponsor

All submissions of abstracts and supporting documents are to be sent to All abstracts and budget summaries must be received by 5:00 pm (CST) of the stated deadline date in order to be eligible.

Review Panel
The internal review panel may include the associate deans, department chairs, former chairs, center or institute directors or other faculty. Each participant in the review panel will have a faculty appointment or have had faculty experience. This panel will meet to discuss the relative merits of the abstract and to recommend the abstract(s) to be invited to submit. The goal of the review panel’s effort will be to identify the very best proposal(s) to send from the university to the funding agency. On rare occasions, the panel’s recommendations may not be accepted by the Vice Provost for Research based on University priorities or best interests. The panel will be notified of such changes should this occur.

Researchers will submit an abstract following the guidelines listed below via email to the Office of  Research Compliance and Proposal Development (ORCPD). ORCPD will review the abstracts to make sure they meet internal deadlines and formatting requirements. Any abstracts which do not follow the template will be rejected. This format is required in order to assist the review panel in making an equitable, informed decision.

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts should be no more than three (3) pages and follow the NSF guidelines for margins, spacing and fonts.

All abstracts must contain the following:

  1. Sponsor & solicitation number (if known),
  2. PI and all personnel (including co-PIs, senior personnel, subcontractors, etc.) and their affiliation (any additional personnel not listed in the abstract will require prior approval by the Dean of the appropriate College before they can be added to the proposal)
  3. Full title of the proposal
  4. Start and end dates of grant period
  5. A detailed budget for the entire project. Budget template.
  6. If cost share is mandatory, supporting documentation from the appropriate source should be provided. If cost share is coming from internal sources, prior approval from the Dean of the appropriate College is required and should be attached to the abstract. The detailed budget for the cost share should be included on the budget template (tab b) above. Indirect costs are charged on cost share.
  7. If indirect cost rate limitations are imposed by the sponsor, prior approval from the Dean of the appropriate College is required.