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Limited Submissions

What are Limited Submissions?

A limited submission proposal is a type of broad agency announcement, request for proposal, or other funding opportunity, in which the sponsor restricts the number of applications or proposals that can be submitted by an institution or a unit within an institution. When multiple eligible principal investigators (PIs) or teams of PIs are interested in submitting a proposal to such a funding opportunity, institutions must consider pre-proposals or nominations to determine which application or applications will be submitted to the relevant external agency. Typically, institutions are permitted to submit one or two proposals to the sponsor of a limited submission proposal call.

How do I apply?

Faculty must complete the limited submissions online application and upload the required documentation to be considered.

What is required in a Pre-Proposal Document?

A principal investigator must complete a pre-proposal as outlined below, while adhering to the parameters of the selection criteria noted in the sponsor’s solicitation:

  • Pre-Proposal Outline (approximately three pages):
    • Project Summary and Intellectual Merit
    • Broader Impact
    • Approach and Methods
    • Resources: Team Members and Facilities (please summarize)
    • Total Estimated Budget (conceptual over award period)
  • Biographical Sketch for the principal investigator(s) / Co-PI(s) (2 pages maximum; sample NSF guideline)

Pre-proposals are due by the Internal Due Date listed on the “Upcoming Limited Submission Opportunities” posted on the limited submissions webpage or, if not on that list, eight weeks before the agency’s published proposal submission deadline. This will provide ample time for the PI to prepare a full proposal if selected.
Extended period for preparation of proposals selected in Limited Submissions Opportunities

In response to feedback from grant applicants, the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) is extending the period during which faculty members can prepare full proposal submissions that are selected through the ORI limited submissions opportunity process. At present, the deadline for submission of pre-proposals for internal review and selection is typically six weeks before the agency deadline. In order to provide more time for the preparation of the full proposal for the agency, as of September 1, 2017 this internal deadline will be moved typically to eight weeks before the agency deadline. 

“Pre-selection” for certain Limited Submissions Opportunities 

Recognizing that major limited submissions (e.g., MRI, PIRE, ADVANCE, …) require significant preparation, not only for the internal competition, but for the full submission starting even before the internal deadline (eight weeks before the agency deadline – to be implemented by September 1, 2017 – see announcement above) pre-selection can be considered in advance of the internal deadline in certain cases.

Faculty members can request pre-approval before the internal deadline. Pre-selection requests will be evaluated and decided upon by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. A case must be made for why the extra time is required and, in cases where it is appropriate, the principal investigator agrees to engage the UNT community broadly to seek and accommodate collaborators that strengthen the proposal.

How are Limited Submission proposals selected and submitted?

Review of pre-proposals is administered by the ORI.

Notification of selections to applicants will be sent from the ORI.

Final proposal(s) will be submitted through the OGCA to the sponsor. Request a Grants and Contracts Specialist

How do I find current Limited Submission opportunities?

Upcoming Limited Submission opportunities can we viewed on the limited submissions webpage. This list of pertinent limited submission funding opportunities is by no means exhaustive, containing those opportunities of potential broad interest or that have been the subject of demonstrated interest in recent years. Faculty are encouraged to identify additional opportunities as early as possible. Typically this process begins twelve to eight weeks before the agency’s published proposal submission deadline.

 Who do I contact for more information?

For questions related to Limited Submissions contact LimitedSubmissions@unt.edu

To request a Grants & Contracts Specialist select Request a Grants and Contracts Specialist under Pre Award on the OGCA homepage.