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Effective July 24, 2017

What are Limited Submissions?

Limited submissions are external sponsored funding opportunities that require an internal selection process because the sponsor limits the number of proposals and/or imposes specific restrictions on applications submitted by Tufts.  This information is typically located in the “Eligibility” sections of funding opportunity announcements (FOAs).

The Limited Submissions Team in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) identifies limited submission opportunities and coordinates the university-wide review and nomination of applications for these opportunities to ensure such submission restrictions are met. For those limited submission opportunities from foundations, the OVPR collaborates closely with the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) to facilitate the process. Proposals cannot be submitted outside of the limited submissions process described below.

The process is designed to provide principal investigators and their teams with as much time as possible to prepare submissions to the sponsor while allowing for a fair management of internal competitions. If the time to sponsor deadline is too short for the full process, every effort will be made to ensure a quick nomination.

Tufts Process

Identification

The OVPR and CFR identify limited submission funding opportunities through Internet searches, mailings, newsletters, invitations, and previous opportunities.

If a faculty or staff member identifies a limited submission prior to an OVPR announcement, that individual will notify the Limited Submissions Team immediately to ensure that the team is aware of the opportunity and that no more than the specified numbers of applications are submitted.

Announcement

When a limited opportunity is identified, the OVPR will notify the research community by weekly email using a specialized email list. On rare occasions based on time to sponsor deadline, more than one limited submission announcement may be sent in a week.

To subscribe to the email list for limited submission notices, please contact limitedsubmissions@tufts.edu or follow the instructions here.

The OVPR will also post the announcement to the limited submissions page

Some limited opportunities are focused on a specific scientific area or are open only to a specific group. In these cases, the Limited Submissions Team will target the opportunity to those who match the sponsor’s eligibility requirements.

NOTE: Please be aware that the list used to disseminate the opportunities may not be comprehensive; faculty and staff are encouraged to notify colleagues of internal FOAs.

Email of Intent

Anyone wishing to submit a proposal in response to a limited submissions announcement should send an e-mail of intent to the Limited Submission Team at limitedsubmissions@tufts.edu with the subject line: Limited Submission (PROGRAM NAME FROM ANNOUNCEMENT) by noon on the Friday after the announcement, unless otherwise noted. 

The email of intent should include only the following:

  • Indication of desire to submit to the limited FOA
  • Name and title of principal investigator and any identified team members
  • A brief (1-3 sentences) description of the proposed project

If no more than the maximum number of applications are submitted, the Limited Submissions Team will notify the applicant(s) by the close of business on Friday that their submissions may move forward.

Internal Competition

If the number of emails of intent exceed the maximum number allowed by the sponsor, potential applicants will be notified and asked to prepare an internal application that includes all material explicitly requested in the internal announcement, due by noon on the Wednesday after the email of intent is due unless otherwise noted. These materials will include:

  • The name of the program to which you intend to apply
  • The name of the Principal Investigator and any additional team members
  • The subject or title of the proposed project
  • The biosketch of the PI
  • A detailed description of no more than 500 words outlining the PI’s qualifications and a description of the proposed project
  • For large equipment grants, include a statement in the project description demonstrating adherence to the Tufts Policy on Purchase or Development of Equipment with Additional Infrastructure Needs
  • If cost share, matching, or similar is required by the sponsor, a statement acknowledging responsibility for securing appropriate approvals by the sponsor deadline. Templates will be provided in such cases.

Review, Selection, and Notification

If the number of internal proposals exceeds the institutional limit, a review committee will review all internal proposals according to the review criteria listed below.

The OVPR will select the candidate(s) based on the committee’s recommendations. Review feedback will be provided upon request. Information about the faculty review committee and selected candidate(s) is confidential.

All candidates will be notified of the final decisions of the committee via email. The department/school’s Lead Research Administrator and the Director of Pre-Award Research Administration will be cc’d on the official nomination letter.

If a proposal cannot be completed, please contact the Limited Submission Team immediately so another PI may have the opportunity to submit an application.

Submission to the Sponsor

All proposals must be accompanied by an official letter of nomination from the Limited Submissions Team to be processed.

All nominees should work with their assigned research administrator in their department or school to prepare submission to the sponsor.

In addition, for foundation proposals the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) will work with the nominee(s) to review the foundations’ latest requirements, goals, previously funded proposals, and the university’s history and internal connections with the particular foundation. The appropriate CFR representative will be cc’d on the official nomination letter. 

Review Criteria  

Review criteria are determined based on the criteria employed by the sponsor for each funding program.  In general, limited submission internal proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Intellectual Merit: How important is the proposed research to advancing knowledge within its field or across fields? How well qualified is the proposer? To what extent does the project suggest and explore original concepts? How well conceived is the proposed project? What is the likelihood of success?
  • Match to Sponsor’s Program and Tufts Goals: How well does the proposed project address the sponsor’s programmatic requirements and goals? Given Tufts’ research goals and strengths, what are the benefits to the relevant campus(es)?
  • Other Relevant Factors: Includes such factors relevant to the specific FOA as cultural competency; public outreach efforts; quality of the evaluation design; if applicable, comments from previous submissions to the same program and the current proposal’s responsiveness to those comments.

We encourage researchers to collaborate with other groups at Tufts when possible. This team-based approach adds breadth to the proposal, while supporting the interdisciplinary focus that is increasingly promoted by federal and nonfederal agencies.

Timeline

The Limited Submissions process is designed to offer applicants as much time as possible to develop their submissions to external sponsors. Limited Submission Opportunities will be announced a minimum of 3 months prior to sponsor deadline, or as soon as the Limited Submissions Team is alerted to the FOA. The typical timeline for limited submissions is as follows.

Limited Submissions Timeline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please contact the Limited Submissions Team at limitedsubmissions@tufts.edu for any questions about the limited submissions process.

SponsorProgramAnticipated Sponsor Deadline
USAIDIntegrated Youth Development Activity (Democratic Republic of the Congo)Jan 4
National Institutes of HealthMechanisms of Cancer Drug Resistance and Sensitivity: Coordinating Center (U24)Jan 5
Brain Research Foundation2018 Fay/Frank Seed Grant ProgramJan 8
National Institutes of HealthCenters for HIV/AIDS‐Related Structural Biology (P50)Jan 9
National Science FoundationProgram (MRI): Instrument Acquisition or DevelopmentJan 10
National Science FoundationNSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science Supplements and SitesJan 10
Department of StateLabor Programs to Combat Slavery in West AfricaJan 12
National Science FoundationNanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems (SNM-IS)Jan 13
Department of StateSupporting Human Rights Defenders in TajikistanJan 16
Department of StatePromoting Non-Discrimination With Respect to Persons with Disabilities in Saudi Arabian Civil Society and the Private SectorJan 17
Center for Disease ControlWeb-based Approaches to Reach Black or African American and Hispanic/Latino MSM for HIV Testing and Prevention ServicesJan 17
Centers for Disease ControlReducing Disparities in Vaccination Coverage by Poverty Status Among Young Children: An Assessment of Parental Experience, Barriers, and Challenges with Accessing Quality Vaccination ServicesJan 18
Department of EnergyInnovative PathwaysJan 18
Department of StateGlobal Biosecurity Engagement ActivitiesJan 19
Dolores Zohrab Liebmann FundLiebmann Graduate FellowshipsJan 22
National Institutes of HealthDiabetic Foot Consortium - Clinical Research Units (U01)Jan 23
National Institutes of HealthPostbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) (R25)Jan 24
National Institutes of HealthCollaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1)Jan 25
National Endowment for the ArtsNEA Big ReadJan 26
National Institutes of HealthResearch Education: Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program (R25)Jan 27
American Heart AssociationAtrial Fibrillation NetworkJan 31
Health Resources and Services AdministrationMaternal and Child Environmental Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN)Jan 31
Health Resources and Services AdministrationAutism CARES Act National Interdisciplinary Training Resource CenterJan 31
Department of EnergyAdvanced Manufacturing Projects for Emerging Research ExplorationJan 31
St. Baldrick’s Foundation2017 St. Baldrick’s FoundationJan 31
Damon RunyonClinical Investigator AwardFeb 1
National Institutes of HealthAlzheimer's Clinical Trials Consortium (ACTC) (U24)Feb 2
Mary Kay FoundationInnovative/Translation Cancer Research GrantFeb 2
Mary Kay FoundationTranslational Research Grants 2017Feb 3
National Science FoundationResearch Traineeship (NRT) ProgramFeb 6
Camile & Henry Dreyfus FoundationCamille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards ProgramFeb 8
National Science FoundationNational Innovation Network Sites Program (I-Corps Sites)Feb 9
National Institutes of HealthCoordinating Center for Population-based Research to Optimize the Screening Process (PROSPR) (U24)Feb 9
Dreyfus FoundationTeacher-Scholar Awards ProgramFeb 10
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Moore Inventor FellowsFeb 12
Health Resources and Services AdministrationAutism Transitions Research Project (ATRP)Feb 13
Josiah Macy Jr. FoundationMacy Faculty Scholars ProgramFeb 14
National Science FoundationInclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)Feb 14
National Science FoundationCultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)Feb 15
National Endowment for the Arts Art WorksArt WorksFeb 16
National Science FoundationInnovation Corps - National Innovation Network Sites Program (I-Corps Sites)Feb 18
American Heart AssociationStrategically Focused Children’s Research NetworkFeb 21
National Institutes of HealthOutstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01)Feb 27
National Institute of Standards and TechnologyPublic Safety Innovation Accelerator Program (PSIAP)Feb 28
National Institutes of HealthOutstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01)Feb 28
Dr. Scholl Foundation2017 Foundation AwardMar 1
National Science FoundationCybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI)Mar 1
Health Resources & Services AdministrationOptimizing Family Support for Families of Children with or at-risk for Congenital Zika Virus Infection in United StatesMar 2
United States Agency for International DevelopmentBreakthrough-RESEARCHMar 3
Department of EnergyPlasma Science FacilitiesMar 3
National Institutes of HealthT Cell Reagent Research for the Study of Allergic Diseases (U19)Mar 3
Health Resources & Services AdministrationNational Maternal and Child Center for Oral Health Systems Integration and ImprovementMar 6
Department of EnergyOffice of Postsecondary Education (OPE): Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad ProgramMar 7
Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and MigrationFY 2017 Request for PRM Humanitarian Research Concept NotesMar 10
Health Resources & Services AdministrationMaternal and Child Health Research Network Program Children with Special Health Care Needs Research Network (CSHCN-RN)Mar 16
National Institutes of HealthEnvironmental Health Sciences Core Centers Mar 17
National Institutes of HealthData Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01)Mar 19
Health Resources & Services AdministrationMaternal and Child Health Collaborative Office Rounds (MCH COR)Mar 20
National Science FoundationScholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM)Mar 29
Health Resources & Services AdministrationArea Health Education Centers Program (AHEC)Mar 29
Department of Health & Human ServicesPartnerships to Achieve Health Equity (“Partnership”)Mar 31
Breast Cancer AllianceExceptional Project GrantApr 1
National Science FoundationSoftware Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (S2I2)Apr 11
National Science FoundationIncreasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) - Institutional Transformation (IT) TrackApr 12
Aetna Foundation2017 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant ProgramApr 14
National Institutes of HealthCTSA Program Data to Health (CD2H) Coordinating Center (U24)Apr 14
American Honda FoundationGrants for EducationMay 1
National Institutes of HealthData Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01)May 1
Department of StateDepartment of State: FY 2017 Professional Fellows ProgramMay 1
National Science FoundationTomorrow's Internet Project Office (TIPOFF) Building on the Success of the Global Environment for Network InnovationsMay 2
Health Resources and Services AdministrationNational Telehealth Resource Center ProgramMay 2
National Endowment for the ArtsCreativity ConnectsMay 4
Environmental Protection AgencyField Implementation Meeting Support RFAMay 12
National Institutes of HealthSpecialized Centers of Excellence on Minority Health and Health Disparities (U54)May 15
National Institutes of HealthEnvironmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHS CC) (P30)May 17
National Institutes of HealthMaximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate — Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U-STAR)May 24
National Institutes of HealthResearch Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) (R25)May 25
National Institutes of HealthCenters of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Phase III - Transitional Centers (P30)May 26
National Institutes of HealthTeam-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25)May 31
National Institutes of HealthAnalysis of Data from NIA's Alzheimer's Disease Sequencing Project Follow-Up Study (U01)Jun 5
United States Department of AgricultureMobile Technology for Child Nutrition Innovation LaboratoryJun 5
United States Department of AgricultureWomen and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS)Jun 8
Health Resources and Services AdministrationBehavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) ProgramJun 12
Brain Research FoundationScientific Innovations AwardJun 29
National Institutes of HealthNIDCR Dental Specialty and PhD Program (DSPP)(K12)Jul 3
William T. Grant Foundation2017 Scholars ProgramJul 6
Smith Family FoundationAwards Program for Excellence in Biomedical ResearchJul 11
National Endowment for the ArtsSecond Art WorksJul 11
National Science FoundationTowards a Leadership-Class Computing Facility - Phase 1Jul 14
National Endowment for the ArtsResearch LabsJul 18
Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. FoundationEdward Mallinckrodt, Jr Foundation Early Investigators in Biomedical ResearchAug 1
American Heart AssociationStrategically Focused Research Network: Vascular DiseaseAug 1
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Accelerating Advances in Animal WelfareAug 2
Department of Homeland SecurityS&T Center of Excellence for Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense - LeadAug 4
National Science FoundationOutreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers (2501 Program)Aug 7
Arnold and Mabel Beckman FoundationThe Beckman Young Investigator ProgramAug 14
National Science FoundationCollections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR)Aug 14
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation2018 Sloan Research FellowshipsSept 15
National Science FoundationBig Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes)Sept 18
National Institutes of HealthInstitutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) (K12)Sept 19
National Institutes of HealthDirector's Early Independence Awards (DP5)Sept 22
National Institutes of HealthResearch Education: Bridges to the Doctorate (R25)Sept 25
National Institutes of HealthResearch Education: Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (R25)Sept 25
National Institutes of HealthNINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25)Sept 25
National Endowment for the HumanitiesNEH Summer StipendsSept 27
Searle Family Kinship FoundationSearle Scholars ProgramSept 29
National Endowment for HumanitiesDialogues on the Experience of WarOct 2
National Institutes of HealthNIAMS Rheumatic Diseases Research Resource-based Centers (P30)Oct 3
World BankGroupSexual Violence Research Initiative and the World BankGroup’s 2018, Development Marketplace for Innovation in the prevention and response of gender-based violenceOct 6
National Science FoundationImproving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS)Oct 10
United States Department of AgricultureFood and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate FellowshipOct 11
Department of LaborAddressing Child Labor and Forced Labor in Coffee Supply ChainsOct 11
Department of LaborBuilding the Capacity of Civil Society to Combat Child Labor and Forced Labor and Improve Working ConditionsOct 11
Department of LaborCombating Forced Labor and Labor Trafficking of Adults and ChildrenOct 11
Department of EnergyAdvanced Power Electronics Design for Solar ApplicationsOct 12
USAIDComprehensive HIV Services for Key and Priority Populations - EthiopiaOct 12
National Science FoundationAdvancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC)Oct 13
IEEEInternational Future Energy Challenge (IFEC)Oct 15
Parker B. FrancisParker B. Francis Fellowship ProgramOct 16
National Institutes of HealthClaude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence CentersOct 19
Pew Charitable Trusts2018 Pew Biomedical ScholarsOct 23
Hearst FoundationFunding PrioritiesOct 23
National Institutes of HealthNutrition Obesity Research Centers (NORCs)Oct 23
National Institutes of HealthStimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) (R38)Oct 24
National Science FoundationManagement and Operation of the Ocean Bottom Seismometer Instrument Center (OBSIC)Oct 25
National Science FoundationInnovations in Graduate Education (IGE) ProgramOct 25
Department of StatePromotion and Protection of the Human Rights of LGBTI PersonsOct 27
Massachusetts Environmental TrustMET Grant ProgramsOct 30
Johnson & Johnson FoundationWomen in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing, and Design (WiSTEM2D) ScholarsOct 31
Performing Arts JapanPerforming Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboration grantsOct 31
Simons FoundationMath+X InvestigatorsOct 31
Simons FoundationInvestigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living SystemsOct 31
Greenwell FoundationGreenwall Faculty Scholars ProgramNov 1
W.M. Keck FoundationW.M. Keck Foundation Research Program: Call for Concept PapersNov 1
Japan FoundationUS-Southeast Asia-Japan Collaboration and Exchange InitiativeNov 1
National Science FoundationISE Research Infrastructure (CRI)Nov 2
National Science Foundation

Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) Supporting the Next Phase of NCN Nodes Programs

Nov 3
National Science FoundationAdvancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)Nov 6
Department of StateGlobal Religious Freedom Programs (FY17/18)Nov 6
Harry J. Lloyd Charitable Trust Melanoma Research GrantsNov 10
Disney Conservation FundAnnual Conservation GrantsNov 11
ARRS/PhilipsARRS/Philips Healthcare ScholarshipNov 13
American Psychological FoundationElizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Graduate Research FellowshipNov 15
Blavatnik AwardsBlavatnik National Awards for Young ScientistsNov 15
American Psychological FoundationElizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Graduate Research FellowshipNov 15
National Institutes of HealthScience Education Partnership AwardNov 20
National Science FoundationMid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP) Nov 20
National Science FoundationInclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) Coordination HubNov 27
National Institutes of HealthResearch Infrastructure for Centers Conducting Population Dynamics Science FY 2018 (P2C)Nov 27
National Institutes of HealthNIOSH Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health (U19)Nov 30
National Institutes of HealthCenters for Agricultural Health and SafetyNov 30
National Science FoundationPartnerships for InnovationDec 1
National Institutes of HealthCenters for Agricultural Safety and Health (U54)Dec 1
The Kavli FoundationThe Kavli PrizeDec 1
National Institutes of HealthKidney Precision Medicine Project – Central Hub (U2C)Dec 6
National Institutes of HealthBD2K Research Education Curriculum Development: Data Science Overview for Biomedical Scientists (R25)Dec 7
National Science FoundationImprovements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSML)Dec 8
Rita Allen FoundationScholar Program GuidelinesDec 9
National Science FoundationResearch Traineeship (NRT) ProgramDec 9
National Science FoundationIUSE / Professional Formation of Engineers: REvolutionizing engineering and computer science Departments (IUSE/PFE: RED)Dec 9
Small Business AdministrationWomen Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program (WVETP)Dec 12
SIR FoundationDr. Ernest J. Ring Academic Development GrantDec 14
National Institutes of HealthInflammatory Bowel Disease Genetics Consortium (IBDGC) Genetic Research Centers (GRCs) (U01)Dec 14
National Institutes of HealthCollaborative Consortia for the Study of HIV-Associated Cancers: U.S. and Low-and Middle-Income Country Partnerships (U54)Dec 20
Department of StateStudy of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary EducatorsDec 22
Department of StateTech Girls ProgramDec 27