Limited submission proposals

Our office coordinates the University’s entries for limited submission proposals. Announcements for these limited submissions are usually made through the official Research & Innovation email communication channel. Subscribe to our mailing list, Researchnotes to receive our notifications.

Your completed pre-proposal should be submitted as a single Word document to the Associate Vice President for Research, Ahmad Itani, at

If a researcher identifies a limited submission that has not been announced through Researchnotes, contact the Associate Vice President for Research to obtain permission to submit. Depending on the agency timeline, permission might be granted on a first-come-first-serve basis; alternatively, an announcement through Researchnotes might be made.

All pre-proposal submissions are reviewed externally or, if the turn-around time is limited, internally by an interdisciplinary committee of faculty members from several colleges and departments (as appropriate for the call). In certain instances, a combination of external and internal panels will be used.

The pre-proposals should therefore abide by the regular rules of grantsmanship. These require addressing the criteria outlined in the agency’s call for proposals and presenting the research/scholarly project in the most efficient, succinct way, and understandable to a diverse panel of reviewers knowledgeable in the general area.

Rubrics are used for evaluating the pre-proposals. The criteria will lean closely on the parameters outlined in the agency’s call.

The ranking of the pre-proposals is provided to the Vice President for Research and Innovation, who makes the final decision.

Current limited submissions

DOE X-Stack: Programming Environments for Scientific Computing DE-FOA-0002460

The DOE SC program in Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) hereby announces its interest in basic research in computer science exploring innovative approaches to creating, verifying, validating, optimizing, maintaining, and executing scientific software targeting distributed, heterogeneous, high-performance computing platforms. Each institution is allowed one application.

Due to AVPR Feb. 15

Please submit a standard pre-proposal.

USDA-NIFA Equipment Grants Program

The Equipment Grants Program (EGP) serves to increase access to shared-use special purpose equipment/instruments for fundamental and applied research for use in the food and agricultural sciences programs at institutions of higher education, including State Cooperative Extension Systems. The program seeks to strengthen the quality and expand the scope of fundamental and applied research at eligible institutions, by providing them with opportunities to acquire one shared-use piece of equipment/instrument that supports their research, research training, and extension goals and may be too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NIFA grant programs. EGP grants are not intended to replace requests for equipment in individual project applications. The program emphasizes shared-use instrumentation that will enhance the capabilities of researchers, educators, and extension specialists both within and outside the proposing organization. Limit two per institution.

NIFA will host a webinar Tuesday, Feb. 16 for interested applicants.

Due to AVPR Feb. 17

Please submit a standard pre-proposal.

Enabling Quantum Leap: Quantum Interconnect Challenges for Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (QuIC-TAQS) NSF 21-553

“This solicitation calls for proposals focused on interdisciplinary research that enhances the development of quantum interconnects (QuIC) that would allow the transfer of quantum states between different physical states and/or different physical systems. Proposals must articulate how the project leverages and/or promotes advances in quantum interconnects.” One preproposal is allowed per lead institution.

Due to AVPR March 1

Please submit a standard pre-proposal addressing the pre-proposal specific criteria outlined in the FOA.

NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) (20-526)

“Scientists and engineers increase the impact of their NSF-funded research discoveries by developing their technology into a prototype or proof-of-concept through the Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program, one of the National Science Foundation's technology translation programs.” The University is restricted to one submission for PFI-RP proposals only.

Due to AVPR March 1 for July 14 deadline

Please submit a standard pre-proposal.

Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Ecosystem: Services & Support (ACCESS) NSF 21-555

“This solicitation expects to fund five awards for five independently-managed yet tightly-coordinated services defined in the following five tracks: (1) Allocation Services; (2) End User Support Services; (3) Operations & Integration Services; (4) Monitoring & Measurement Services; and (5) Technology Translation Services.” One proposal is allowed per institution.

Due to AVPR March 15

Please submit a standard pre-proposal.

Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Ecosystem: Services & Support – Coordination Office (ACCESS-ACO) NSF 21-556

“This solicitation expects to fund one award for an ACCESS Coordination Office (ACO) to support the collective and coordinated operation of the five CI coordination services. Specifically, the ACO will provide coordination and support services and staffing for top-level coordination and communications among the ACCESS awardees and with the public, including support for top-level inter-awardee governance, coordination of an external advisory board to the ACCESS awardees, maintenance of the top-level landing page of the ACCESS website, and coordinated community-building activities. The ACO awardee will interface with the awardees for the ACCESS service tracks of the ACCESS solicitation.” One proposal is allowed per institution.

Due to AVPR March 15

Please submit a standard pre-proposal.


Standard pre-proposal format

  • Cover sheet with the following information:
    • Proposal title
    • Amount requested
    • Project period – from date to date
    • Agency solicitation
    • Principal investigator
    • Co-investigators (up to four)
  • Three-page project description addressing the proposal specific review criteria (references extra)
  • Standard biosketch for PI and co-PIs in the format stipulated in the FOA
  • One-page summary of budget for the total project period