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.

To members of the Tufts Research Community:

Please see the limited submission opportunities summarized below. For more information on these opportunities, please visit the links to the funding opportunities.

Unless otherwise indicated below,  those interested should send an email of intent to the Limited Submissions Team at limitedsubmissions@tufts.edu  informing us of an intention to apply.  EOI’s received after the deadline indicated below will not be consideredThe email of intent must include:

  1. The name of the solicitation,
  2. The name of the Principal Investigator, and any co-PI's,
  3. A 2-3 sentence description of the proposed project.

 

Should the number of interested applicants exceed the number allowed by the funder, an internal selection process will be conducted by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, and candidates will be notified to submit internal application materials. All candidates will be notified of results. NB: Successful applications must include official notification from the Limited Submissions Team in order to submit. For more information, please see http://viceprovost.tufts.edu/resources/funding/limited-submissions/      

 

Email of Intent Deadline: Wednesday, January 21 by noon. Please see underlined and italicized text below for any special EOI instructions.

 

This week’s limited submission opportunities are:

  • Number allowed: 1
  • Sponsor Deadlines: Application due date: February 26
  • Purpose: Provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) communities with the tools to empower local movements and communities, prevent, mitigate, and recover from violence, discrimination, stigma, and human rights abuses, promote full social inclusion, or address critical issues of justice in the East Asia and Pacific region, with a particular focus on Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and/or Vietnam.
  • Requirements: Support exchange and collaboration among LGBTI CSOs and activists in the target countries specified, particularly between CSOs and activists from countries with different rights protecting environments for LGBTI individuals in order to support the growth of nascent and heavily repressed LGBTI movements.
    • DRL invites organizations to submit proposals that respond to the Global Equality Fund’s strategic framework, which includes, but are not limited to the following areas: Freedom from violence, Access to justice, Empowered and inclusive movements and organizations, and social inclusion.
  • Eligibility: No agency restrictions; please follow Tufts PI eligibility policies.
  • Award Information: $1,000,000 for 2-4 years
  • Further Information: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330621
  • Number allowed: 1
  • Sponsor Deadlines: Application due date: March 31
  • Purpose: Foster mutual understanding between the United States and Lebanon through cultural and exchange programming through promoting social cohesion among diverse populations and fostering civic engagement; showcasing U.S. values through social and economic entrepreneurship; and informing local audiences about the United States.
  • Requirements: U.S. Embassy Beirut seeks proposals that address the following priority program areas:
    • Promoting social cohesion among diverse populations and fostering civic engagement;
    • Showcasing U.S. values through social and economic entrepreneurship; and
    • Informing local audiences about the United States.
  • Eligibility: No agency restrictions; please follow Tufts PI eligibility policies.
  • Award Information: Awards may range from a minimum of $200,000 to a maximum of $400,000 for 1-2 years. Please note that cost sharing is not required but highly encouraged, and additional consideration will be given to proposals that include a cost share component
  • Further Information: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329758
  • Number allowed: 1
  • Sponsor Deadlines: Application due date: March 1
  • Purpose: To support innovative, practical and compassionate solutions to problems in key areas
  • Requirements: Applications for grants are considered in the following areas: Education, Social Service, Healthcare, Civic and Cultural, and Environmental.
    • The foundation more often provides funds to support programs with a specific goal in line with the priorities above, rather than research
  • Eligibility: No agency restrictions; please follow Tufts PI eligibility policies.
  • Award Information: There is no official limit, but the average grant ranges from $5,000 to $25,000
  • Further Information: https://www.drschollfoundation.com/application-procedures/preferences-limitations/
  • Number allowed: 1
  • Sponsor Deadlines: Letter of intent due: June 8  | Application due date: July 8.   Applicants must consult with NCATS Extramural Program Staff early in the planning of an application.
  • Purpose:  To facilitate translational and clinical research between NCATS intramural scientists and the extramural community to develop approaches that will enhance the ability to discover and develop new chemistries towards previously undrugged biological targets (i.e., biological targets with no known drugs to modulate their function) across many human diseases and conditions. 
  • Requirements: Support for extramural investigators to take advantage of the unique research opportunities available at the NCATS ASPIRE Laboratory within the NCATS Division of Pre-clinical Innovation (DPI), and develop innovative ASPIRE modules that will facilitate identification of novel chemical entities targeted towards currently undrugged biological space.
    • Develop a physical module that will be integrated with the overall NCATS ASPIRE platform to help address a translational problem proposed by the extramural laboratory. The module will be initially designed and developed in the extramural PI/PDs laboratory based on the technical and functional specifications provided by the NCATS ASPIRE Laboratory. The module will then be transferred to NCATS on an agreed upon timeline, validated at the NCATS ASPIRE Laboratory and coupled to NCATS ASPIRE platform’s chemical synthesis and biological screening capabilities.
    • The goal is to enhance the overall capabilities of the NCATS ASPIRE platform and, ultimately, open the platform to non-chemists who can formulate a molecular hypothesis and utilize the platform to translate their ideas into testable compounds.
    • The collaborations in this FOA will sustain an innovative and collaborative ecosystem where the intramural ASPIRE platform provides access to capabilities that may be beyond the capabilities of extramural investigators. In turn, the extramural investigators will provide access to, for example, disease expertise and the latest cutting-edge techniques for potential integration. Specifically, this FOA is seeking collaborators with:
      • Extensive clinical and biological knowledge of the disease and specific biological target of interest, respectively. NCATS is particularly interested in previously undrugged biological targets.
      • Expertise in developing protocols for fast, high-throughput quantitative measurements of drug candidate efficacy such as colorimetric or fluorescence analysis, either cell or tissue-based, enzymatic, or other activity test.
  • Eligibility: No agency restrictions; please follow Tufts PI eligibility policies.
  • Award Information: Limited to $750,000 direct costs per year for the UG3 phase and $1,000,000 in direct costs per year for the UH3 phase. The project period is limited to 2 years for the UG3 phase and 4 years for the UH3 phase. The total project period is limited to a maximum of 5 years.
  • Further Information: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-TR-21-001.html?_ga=2.194906276.868405949.1609773097-1001622717.1581438154

See Archived Competitions

About 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 posting to the limited submissions page on a weekly basis, and by alerting location research administrators to new opportunities.

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.

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.

Timeline for the limited submission process

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