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Limited Submissions

A Limited Submission is a funding program for which the sponsor has restricted the number of applications or proposals an institution can submit in response to that program. A partial listing of example programs with limited submission restrictions is provided below. The principal investigator is responsible for notifying the ORSSP if a proposal is being developed for any program that requires limited submissions from the institution.

The principal investigator should complete all Limited Submission Materials (below) and submit the information to the Grant Coordinator via email 2 calendar months prior to the submission deadline for the program. If the number of applicants exceeds the allowable number of submissions by the sponsor, a committee will be convened by the ORSSP to determine which proposal(s) will be approved for submission to the sponsor. Nominees are informed of the committee’s decision and successful applicants should develop their full proposals for submission utilizing normal ORSSP procedures.
As the submission of more proposals than allowed will result in a disqualification of all proposals, all campuses are considered a single institution for all NSF programs unless alternate limitations (“by school,” “by department”) clearly apply. Certain solicitations consider branch campuses as separate, by definition, while others do not. It is best to consult early with the ORSSP to make a determination.

Previously authorized applicants are not automatically authorized to resubmit if an award was not secured from a past submission. Non-awarded PIs must go through the internal review and selection process as if it were a new submission. For those resubmissions in the project narrative PIs should address reviewers concerns and how those concerns will be addressed in a resubmission.

Internal Competition Submission Materials
All nominees must complete the following when applying for Limited Submission programs:

  • Limited Submission Coversheet
  • Brief nomination Letter from Department Chair or equivalent
  • Two (2) page pre-proposal outlining proposed research program
  • NSF formatted biosketch of all key personnel (2 pages max per biosketch)
  • One (1) page resources/facilities statement
  • A copy of prior reviews in the case of a proposal resubmission

All materials should be received by the Grant Coordinator via email at least 2 calendar months prior to the submission deadline for the program.

Limited Submission Programs

As an example, the following is a partial list of programs requiring Limited Submissions as provided by the COS. These and other externally-funded programs may be found by searching COS from the ORSSP External Funding Opportunities page. Principal Investigators should review program guidelines of these and other programs to ensure that adequate time is provided for pre-proposal review.

Limited Submission Opportunities

American Honda Fund

Community Grants:

Dreyfus Foundation

Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Awards Program:

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities

Summer Stipends:

National Science Foundation

Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI):

Research Traineeship (NRT):

All NSF Limited Submission Opportunities:

Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL):

I​ncreasing the Participation and Advancement of Women ​in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE):

Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE):

​Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE):


Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards:

Proctor and Gamble Fund

Higher Education Program:

Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer


Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE):

Simons Foundation

Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science

Simons Investigators in MMLS Math+X Investigators

Sloan Foundation

​A​lfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellows Program:

United States Department of Education

Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad:

Math and Science Partnership Program:

W.M. Keck Foundation

Research Program:

William T. Grant Foundation

Scholars Program:

Last updated: 6/17/2019