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 email@example.com informing us of an intention to apply. EOI’s received after the deadline indicated below will not be considered. The email of intent must include:
The name of the solicitation,
The name of the Principal Investigator, and any co-PI's,
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 https://viceprovost.tufts.edu/resources/funding/limited-submissions/Email of Intent Deadline: Wednesday, June 3 by noon. Please see text in red below for special EOI instructions.
This week’s limited submission opportunities are:
NNIH-Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Centers (U19 Clinical Trial Optional)
Sponsor Deadlines: LOI due date: July 27, 2020 | Application due date: August 28, 2020
Purpose: To support centers that integrate clinical and translational research to conduct studies on the mechanisms underlying the onset and progression of diseases of interest, including asthma, rhinitis (allergic and non-allergic), chronic rhinosinusitis, atopic dermatitis, food allergy, and drug allergy.
Requirements: To improve the understanding of the pathogenesis of these conditions and to provide a rational foundation for new, effective treatments and prevention strategies. The proposed research within each application should be defined as human subjects research (for the HHS definition of human subjects research), or utilize human material (including primary human cells, biologic samples, and clinical data). Highly integrated and synergistic research programs are encouraged for the AADCRC program.
Award Information: $900,000 in direct costs per year, excluding the IOF budget, and need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period is 5 years.
NSF-Partnerships for Innovation
Sponsor Deadlines: Application due dates: Summer program July 8, 2020; Spring program January 13, 2021
Purpose: To support translational research and technology development in all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF to accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace
Requirements: The Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track offers the opportunity to translate prior NSF-funded research results in any field of science or engineering into technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact. The Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track seeks to achieve the same goals as the PFI-TT track by supporting instead complex, multi-faceted technology development projects that are typically beyond the scope of a single researcher or institution and require a multi-organizational, interdisciplinary, synergistic collaboration.
Award Information: PFI-TT projects will be funded for up to $250,000 for 18-24 months per award. PFI-RP projects will be funded for up to $550,000 for 36 months.
Further Information: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504790
Rockefeller/data.org Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge-COVID 19
Sponsor Deadlines: Phase one application due date: July 17. The Challenge will include 2 evaluation phases. Technical assistance and mentoring will be available to finalists in the 2nd phase to refine proposal submissions.
Purpose: To build the field of data science for social impact or using data science to advance shared prosperity and help ensure an inclusive recovery.
Requirements: Proposals must be impactful, replicable, scalable, practical and be a breakthrough. All entries should reflect the anticipated ownership, use, and/or licensing of any intellectual property resulting from the Challenge or any Challenge Award.
Eligibility: Individuals and/or organizations may join together as a coalition to submit a single application subject to these rules. However, awards to coalitions must be distributed to a single legal entity or individual that will have legal responsibility for executing the coalition’s proposal in accordance with the terms of their grant agreement. Please follow Tufts PI eligibility policies.
Award Information: $10k to 10million via a mix of grant-funding, technical support and consulting; media production, marketing and promotional outreach; and software and infrastructure licenses.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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 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.
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.