Limited Submission Programs

Limited submission grant programs are those that indicate a limit on the number of proposals that may be submitted by an institution for a particular deadline. A selection process becomes necessary if more applicants express interest in applying than NDSU is allowed to submit to the grant program.

Limited Submission Program Announcements
(rev. 5/21/2014)
The list below is not exhaustive. Please notify Kay Sizer, in the NDSU-RCA Office as soon as possible if you notice a limited submission requirement for any grant program for which you are interested in applying, even if not listed here. Whenever there is a limit on the number of proposals that an institution is allowed to submit, the RCA Office may need to implement a pre-proposal selection process.
Agency Program Limitation Notify RCA NDSU Pre-proposal deadline Agency submission deadline
Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) Infectious Disease—Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

(This award provides $500,000 over a period of five years.)
Inst. may nominate up to two candidates. To encourage applications from veterinarians, institutions that nominate a researcher who holds the D.V.M. will be allowed three nominations. Institutions may have a single additional nomination if they nominate a researcher working in pathogenic helminths, mycology, or reproductive science. 9/3/2014 TBD 11/3/2014
DOE Energy Frontier Research Centers

(EFRC awards are expected to be in the $2 to $5 million range annually for an initial five-year project period.)
Any teaming arrangement must have only one designated lead organization that will submit on behalf of the team members. n/a n/a Last cycle -
Full app: 1/14/2014
DoED FIPSE Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education First in the World Program (FITW)

(The FY 2014 budget for FITW is $75,000,000, with up to $20,000,000 set aside for Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs).)
Institutions of higher education may only submit one application and may only be awarded one grant. 5/30/2014 TBD 6/30/2014
NEH Summer Stipends

(Provides $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing.)
NEH Summer Stipends are awarded to individuals, not to institutions, but they must be nominated by their institutions-limit of two per year. Email abt the internal nomination process. Approx. 7/10/2014 Selection by 8/1/2014 9/26/2014
NIH COBRE (Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence)

(Direct Costs of $1.5 million per year per application for 5 years.)
Only one application per institution per fiscal year is allowed. n/a Selection already made for 2014 deadline LOI due: 12/28/2014,

Full App:
NSF Engineering Research Centers (ERCs)
[Gen-3 Engineering Research Centers (ERC): Partnerships in Transformational Research, Education, and Technology]

(Initial award would be for five years, with year one start-up budgets each of up to $3,250,000)
A proposed ERC must be multi-institutional, with a lead university and no more than four additional domestic university partners; a lead university can receive only one award through this solicitation. No limit on the number of ERC partnerships a partner university can join. n/a n/a LOI due: 5/30/2013

Prelim Prop: 7/30/2013

Full app: 2/12/2014
NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program

(The estimated number of awards is 2 to 8 full center awards and 4 to 6 planning grant awards annually.)
Any institution may submit multiple-university center proposals provided that the proposed research topics involve different disciplines and support different industries. n/a n/a LOI due: 1/6/2014, 6/27/2014

Planning Grant and Full Center deadline: 3/4/2014, 9/26/2014
NSF Innovation Corps - Regional Node Program (I-Corps Node)
  • Single-institution Proposer: $350,000 per year for up to three years
  • Two-institution Team: $750,000 per year for up to three years
  • Three-institution Team: $1.25 million per year for up to three years
The limit on number of proposals per organization is one. n/a Selection made. 4/18/2014 4/17/2015

NSF Research Traineeship Program (NRT) - replaces IGERT
(Up to $3 million per award may be budgeted over five years)

limit of two proposals may be submitted by an institution with at least one in priority area. 4/21/2014 4/30/2014

Ltr of Intent 5/20/2014

Full appl 6/24/2014

NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs)

(Individual MRSEC awards are expected to range in size from about $2 million/year to a maximum of $5 million/year, depending on the number of IRGs.)
Only one MRSEC preliminary proposal may be submitted by any one organization as the lead organization, with a minimum of two IRGs and a maximum of five IRGs. n/a n/a Prelim Prop: 8/26/2013

Full app: 1/10/2014
NSF MRI (Major Research Instrumentation)

(in the range $100,000–$4 million)
Limit on number of proposals per organization is three; at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development (i.e., no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition) 10/30/2013 11/20/2013 Selections made. 1/23/2014
NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Research Alliance

(up to $800,000 for up to 3 years per award.)
Only one institution within an NSF-funded research alliance can be the lead/submitting institution; A PI may submit only one proposal. 11/8/2013 Selection made. LOI due: 12/13/2013

Full App: 2/12/2014
NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI: BIC)

(up to $800,000, with an award duration of three years.)
Limited to two proposals as a lead institution. 11/8/2013 Selection made. LOI due: 11/18/2013

Full App: 1/27/2014
NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

(the average award size is expected to be approximately $4 million over 5 years.)
A single organization may submit one preliminary proposal as the lead institution. There is no limit on the number of proposals on which an institution can participate as a partner. TBD TBD The next solicitation will be issued in the June 2014 time period
NSF S-STEM Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics

(Awards are normally not expected to exceed $600,000 in direct costs. Annual budgets are limited to $225,000 in direct costs. The award duration may be up to five years within the annual and overall budget limits)
An institution may submit one proposal from each constituent college or school that awards eligible degrees. (For example, a university with a College of Engineering, a School of Life Sciences, and a College of Arts and Sciences could submit one proposal from each for a total of three. However, within a College of Engineering, if the Department of Electrical Engineering were submitting a proposal, a proposal from the Department of Mechanical Engineering could be submitted only in a subsequent year. The two departments could also submit a proposal jointly.) 6/12/2014 6/20/2014 8/12/2014
NSF Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)

(Awards will be in the range of $250,000-$375,000 per year for four years, depending on the scope of the work proposed.)
May submit no more than one proposal on which it is the lead organization; the same organization may be a collaborative partner in any number of other multi-organization group proposals in which it is not the lead. 4/1/2014 TBD 6/16/2014
NSF Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships

(Proposed STC annual budgets may range up to $5 million per year)
A single organization may submit a maximum of three preliminary proposals as the lead institution. No limit to participation as a partner institution. 2/24/2014 TBD

Prelim prop: 5/31/2014

Full app: 2/3/2015 -anticipated


NSF Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN)

(SRN awards are expected to be four to five years in duration and budgets must not exceed $12,000,000 total per award.)
May submit a maximum of three preliminary proposals as the lead institution. There is no limit to participation as a partner institution. TBD TBD If a new solicitation is approved, it will be posted in fall 2013 with a full proposal deadline during winter 2014
NSF Sustainable Energy Pathways (SEP)

(up to $500,000 per year for up to four years)
Eligible institutions may submit no more than three proposals as the lead organization. TBD TBD No solicitation for SEP in FY2013 but there will be one planned for FY2014, budget permitting


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