Limited Submission Programs

A limited submission program is a funding opportunity for which the sponsoring agency has limited the number of proposals an institution may submit. If an institution exceeds the limit, the result can be disqualification of all of the institution’s proposals from the competition. If the number of people interested in a particular limited submission is greater than the institutional limit, Research Development will coordinate an internal competition to determine which proposals are allowed to proceed with submission to the agency.

  • Notifications of interest are due by close of business on the NDSU Notification Deadline.
  • If you identify a limited submission opportunity that is not on the list below, please notify
  • For programs marked "First to Notify" in the list below, approval to move forward with a full proposal submission to the funder will be given on a first come, first served basis. These programs either a) did not receive any notifications of interest by the internal deadline, or b) did not have enough time before the agency deadline for a standard internal limited submission process.

Internal Pre-Application Requirements: NSF EPSCoR Track 2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations

Deadline: November 29, 2021 – 12pm (Noon)

  • Study the NSF program guidelines [NSF 22-523] as you prepare your pre-proposal, paying particular attention to the review criteria. 
  • Email pre-proposal as a single document to by 12pm (noon) on Tuesday, November 29, 2021.
  • Routing of the pre-proposal through Novelution is not required, since this is an internal competition.


Pre-proposals should include the following:

  • Use one inch margins and no smaller than 10 pt. font. Follow the NSF PAPPG guidelines for proposal font, spacing, and margin requirements.
  • Provide Biographical Sketches of all Principal Investigators and up to 4 CoPIs in NSF format.
  • Provide up to one page information on the NDSU Team, including any extramural funding received by team members relevant to the Track 2 focus area, description of NDSU’s strength in the proposed industry growth area, and the bench strength for the program (ability to fill critical positions if team member(s) leaves).
  • Project Description (no more than five pages) should include the following:
    1. Describe how the proposed program promotes collaborations among researchers in EPSCoR jurisdictions. Describe the rationale for the collaboration and enough detail to demonstrate that the partnership is designed to facilitate discovery and innovation in the focus area, which neither party could address as well or rapidly alone. Identify the roles and contributions of each partner in the project and an estimated budget amount for each organization involved.
    2. Provide a concise description of the long term research and education goals and intellectual focus. The description must demonstrate how the collaboration will advance research, education, and workforce development in the focus area of Advancing research towards Industries of the Future to ensure economic growth for EPSCoR jurisdictions. Include the program’s vision for driving discovery and building sustainable STEM capacity that exemplifies diversity of all types (individual, institutional, geographic, and disciplinary).
    3. Briefly describe plans for the recruitment/development of diverse early career faculty in the focus area.
    4. Briefly describe plans for  STEM education and workforce development in the focus area.
    5. Briefly describe plans for sustainability, including specific NSF programs that will be pursued by the project team in the focus area topic.



Friday, November 12, 2021 by 5pm:  Notification of Interest to NDSU RD Office
Monday, November 29, 2021: NDSU pre-proposals due by 12pm (Noon)
Friday, December 10, 2021 (approx.): NDSU final selection and notification to applicants
Monday, December 20, 2021: NSF letter of intent due
Monday, January 31, 2022: NSF full proposal deadline

Limited Submissions Instructions

The steps in the limited submission process include:

  1. PI notifies Research Development Office of Intent to Submit
  2. Preproposal process is implemented, if needed.
  3. Preproposal review by NDSU committee
  4. Notification to applicants


NDSU Notification of Intent to Submit

Potential applicants are required to notify the NDSU Research Development Office of intent to apply for a limited submission program by close of business on the due date indicated in the Limited Submission Table. Email the following information to

  1. Email Subject Line: “NOTIFICATION: intent to apply to [name of agency & program]”
  2. Names of all NDSU PIs and senior personnel involved with their department affiliations.

All parties who have sent notifications will receive an email acknowledgement. Following the notification due date, the Research Development Office will notify all once again if a pre-proposal selection process is determined to be necessary.

If no notifications are received for an opportunity by the posted internal deadline, the status of the opportunity becomes "First to Notify," and approval to move forward with a full proposal submission to the funder is given on a first come, first served basis. 

A typical pre-proposal includes a 2-3 page project description, budget and budget justification, current and pending support, as well as a biographical sketch.  For some programs, additional information may be requested.


Pre-proposal Review Process

With few exceptions, the pre-proposal review and selection process will be conducted by an internal NDSU committee, with care taken to avoid bias and ensure objectivity and fairness.

Pre-proposal Review will take the following into consideration:

  1. Merit of the proposed project
  2. PI qualifications and management skills
  3. Resources available for the project
  4. Written communication skills, organization, ease of understanding
  5. Fit with agency & program guidelines
  6. Fit with NDSU research priorities and initiatives

Lead faculty or staff who submitted the pre-proposals will be notified of the results of the review approximately four to six weeks before the agency due date.

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