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Limited Submissions

What is a Limited Submission?

Limited submissions are funding opportunities where the funder has limited the number of applications from an organization. Research Development Services (RDS) facilitates limited submissions for federal and foundation opportunities for UA. Selected proposals will need to follow UA proposal submission procedures. Please note that proposals to private foundations may require submission and coordination through the University of Arizona Foundation.

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Limited Submission Preferred Timeline

We strive to notify campus of internal competitions for limited submissions at least 12 weeks prior to the funder’s deadline. Applicants have two weeks to submit an internal pre-proposal to RDS and another 1-2 weeks to receive the go-ahead to submit or not. This timeline allows 8-9 weeks for applicants to prepare their proposal for submission to the funder.

Limited Submission Table

Last updated on September 24, 2020

  • The table below defaults to sorting by the RDI deadline but is also sortable by “Program Title,” or “Sponsor.” Simply click on the title in the table’s header.
  • Unless otherwise noted, internal pre-proposals are due by 5:00p AZ on the RDI deadline date and must be submitted through UA Competition Space.
  • If you want to apply for a limited submission opportunity that is not listed below, or if you have questions about the competitions listed here, please contact

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Program Title Sponsor Research Category Funding Type RDI Deadlinesort ascending External Deadline Notes
2021 NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM, Education, Training Grants 10/28/2020


UA may submit one proposal -- either as a single institution or as subawardee or a member of a Collaborative Research project -- from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an eligible field. (Note: UA is ineligible to apply for Track 1: Institutional Capacity Building)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program addresses the need for a high-quality STEM workforce in STEM disciplines supported by the program and for the increased success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Apply to the UA internal competition

December 2020 Saucony Run for Good Foundation Saucony Run for Good Foundation STEM, Education, Training Grants 10/21/2020

December 15, 2020

UA may submit 1 application.

The Saucony Run For Good Foundation is committed to reversing this trend by offering children the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of running and healthier lifestyle. By providing funding to community organizations that promote running and fitness programs for children, the Saucony Run For Good Foundation is dedicated to not only preventing but eliminating this serious health concern.

The Saucony Run For Good Foundation is now accepting applications for grants to help run down the childhood obesity epidemic. The grants are open to community nonprofit organizations that initiate and support running programs for kids.

Apply to the UA internal competition.

Martin Delaney Collaboratories for HIV Cure Research (UM1 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) OR for Pediatric HIV Cure Research (UM1 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) National Institutes of Health (NIH) Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences Grants 10/14/2020

December 7, 2020

UA may submit one application for either FOA, but not both.

FOA 035

FOA 036

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is soliciting applications to support research on HIV cure in pediatric populations. This FOA will support coordinated basic, clinical, and applied research focused on developing strategies to achieve an HIV cure, defined as either sustained viral remission or eradication of HIV infection. The cure of HIV infection in people living with HIV is one of the highest priorities of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal of the Martin Delaney Collaboratory program is to accelerate progress towards developing strategies to achieve either eradication of HIV infection from the body or a sustained viral remission, as defined by sustained viral suppression following cessation of antiretroviral therapy. Funded projects under this FOA will be expected to expand the knowledge base on HIV latency and persistence in pediatric populations, design and evaluate innovative cure strategies, develop and evaluate assays and other modalities to accurately characterize HIV reservoirs and translate findings to the clinical settings. This funding opportunity will target perinatally infected children and adolescents and young adults up to 24 years of age with a primary focus on early treated children.

Apply to the UA internal competition.

2021 Moore Inventor Fellowships Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Physical Sciences & Engineering Grants 10/14/2020

November 13, 2020 (ANTICIPATED)

UA may submit two applications.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces the fifth competition for Moore Inventor Fellows. The foundation seeks to identify outstanding inventors and innovators who harness science and technology to enhance the conduct of scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation, or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care.

The Moore Inventor Fellows program focuses on supporting scientist-inventors at a critical stage of research to capture opportunities that otherwise might be missed. We seek to provide freedom and support to promising inventors with the most compelling ideas to pursue creative work.

Gordon Moore's contribution to the development of microelectronics helped produce the exponential growth of the digital revolution. In the spirit of Moore's passion for science and penchant for inventing, the foundation seeks to support people who create new tools, technologies, processes, or approaches with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation's three main areas of interest: scientific research, environmental conservation and patient care.

The foundation plans to allocate nearly $34 million through 2026 to support 50 Moore Inventor Fellows. In 2020, the competition will focus on early-career staff at major research universities, additional institutions from among the top 50 National Institutes of Health-funded medical schools and universities, and selected non-academic environmental research and patient care institutions. Each eligible institution may nominate two people.

Each fellow will receive funding for three years at a level of $200,000 per year from the foundation. In addition, the foundation will provide the host institution with $25,000 each year to cover costs associated with administering the grant award, resulting in a total three-year award amount of $675,000. Each host institution will be required to contribute $50,000 in annual direct support of the inventor's work. This can be "in kind" as released time or access to special facilities for which there is normally a charge. We expect each fellow will be personally engaged in pursuing their invention and we require each fellow to devote at least 25 percent of their own time to their invention. Fellows may use the grant funds to support their own salary to create this opportunity. They may also hire undergraduates, graduate assistants or postdoctoral scholars and purchase services, equipment, or supplies.

We aim to support inventions at an early stage that could lead to proof-of-concept work on an invention or advance an existing prototype that tackles an important problem. We seek innovations with the promise of making a long-lasting impact by addressing underlying problems in their field, but a clear path toward commercialization is not a requirement. We are not interested in supporting projects that are already at a stage where significant venture capital is available. As with all our grants, we seek to measure progress toward a defined goal during the three years of support. The foundation's policy is that intellectual property that results from a grant must be managed and disseminated in a manner that leads to the greatest impact. Each award will include IP terms to reflect the needs of that project.

We recognize that real invention can take surprising turns, so we seek creative individuals who have big ideas, deep knowledge and the courage to take smart risks. We recognize that inventors and innovators come from a diversity of backgrounds, disciplines and experiences, and seek creative individuals across a broad array of academic programs and research departments. Examples of such programs include, but are not limited to environmental science and conservation, oceanography, biology, engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science, neuroscience, public health and gerontology.


Candidates must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs or other full-time staff at eligible institutions.

Candidates must be no more than 10 years past receiving the terminal advanced degree in their field (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D.).

Apply to the UA internal competition

2020 NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) National Institutes of Health (NIH) Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences Grants 10/14/2020

November 18, 2020

UA may submit 1 application.

The purpose of the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) is to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students recognized by their institutions for their high potential and strong interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers. The award will facilitate the transition of talented graduate students into successful cancer research postdoctoral appointments, and provide opportunities for career development activities relevant to their long-term career goals of becoming independent cancer researchers.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) does not allow applicants to propose to lead an independent clinical trial, but does allow applicants to propose research experience in a clinical trial led by a sponsor or co-sponsor.

Apply to the UA internal competition.

2020 Advanced Computing Systems & Services: Adapting to the Rapid Evolution of Science and Engineering Research National Science Foundation (NSF) Physical Sciences & Engineering Grants 10/07/2020

December 3, 2020

UA may submit one application.

The intent of this solicitation is to request proposals from organizations willing to serve as service providers (SPs) within the NSF Innovative High-Performance Computing (HPC) program to provide advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) capabilities and/or services in production operations to support the full range of computational- and data-intensive research across all of science and engineering (S&E). The current solicitation is intended to complement previous NSF investments in advanced computational infrastructure by provisioning resources, broadly defined in this solicitation to include systems and/or services, in two categories:

  • Category I, Capacity Systems: production computational resources maximizing the capacity provided to support the broad range of computation and data analytics needs in S&E research; and
  • Category II, Innovative Prototypes/Testbeds: innovative forward-looking capabilities deploying novel technologies, architectures, usage modes, etc., and exploring new target applications, methods, and paradigms for S&E discoveries.

Resources supported through awards from this solicitation will be incorporated into and allocated as part of NSF's Innovative HPC program. This program complements investments in leadership-class computing and funds a federation of nationally-available HPC resources that are technically diverse and intended to enable discoveries at a computational scale beyond the research of individual or regional academic institutions. NSF anticipates that at least 90% of the provisioned system or services will be available to the S&E community through an open peer-reviewed national allocation process and be supported by community and other support services [such as those currently supported through eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) 2.0 project-managed allocations recommended by the XSEDE Resource Allocation Committee (XRAC), and other activities intended to foster efficient coordination across resources], or an NSF-approved alternative that may emerge. If this is not feasible for the proposed system/services, proposers must clearly explain in detail why this is the case and how they intend to make the proposed system/services available to the national S&E community.

Apply to the UA internal competition.

W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program concept paper October 2020 W.M. Keck Foundation Physical Sciences & Engineering Grants 10/07/2020

January 1, 2021

UA may submit four concept papers in Physical Sciences and Engineering and four concept papers in Medical Sciences this cycle.

The W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program uses a three-step process for this opportunity. The first step is a Concept paper (see guidelines for details). This sponsor limits the University to four Concept papers in medical sciences and four concept papers in the physical sciences and engineering. The Undergraduate Education program is currently not accepting concept papers. The next steps are by the foundation’s invitation. UA review criteria reflect previous interactions with the W.M. Keck Foundation. Proposals should focus on basic, fundamental science with broad applications. The proposed work should show a significant leap forward rather than an extension of existing work. Please contact Research Development Services for additional details.

For Research Program concept papers, the program priorities are

  • Focus on important and emerging areas of research
  • Have the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation or methodologies
  • Are innovative, distinctive and interdisciplinary
  • Demonstrate a high level of risk due to unconventional approaches, or by challenging the prevailing paradigm
  • Have the potential for transformative impact, such as the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible, or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem
  • Does not focus on clinical or translational research, treatment trials or research for the sole purpose of drug development
  • Fall outside the mission of public funding agencies
  • Demonstrate that private philanthropy generally, and the W. M. Keck Foundation in particular, is essential to the project’s success

Apply to the UA internal competition

Liver Cirrhosis Network: Clinical Research Centers (U01 Clinical Trial Required) National Institutes of Health (NIH) Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences Grants 10/07/2020

December 1, 2020

UA may submit one proposal.

The NIDDK is proposing the establishment of the Liver Cirrhosis Network through this Funding Opportunity Announcement which is seeking Clinical Centers; and in conjunction with RFA-DK-20-004 seeking a single Scientific Data Coordination Center, in order to promote clinical and translational research on cirrhosis of the liver in adults.

Apply to the UA internal competition

2021 NSF (MRI) Major Research Instrumentation Program National Science Foundation (NSF) Physical Sciences & Engineering Grants 10/07/2020

January 19, 2021

UA may submit three proposals.

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. The MRI program requires that an MRI-eligible organization may, as a performing organization, submit or be included as a significantly funded subawardee in no more than three MRI proposals.

Apply to the UA internal competition.

2021 (WAMS) Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields Grant Program NIFA USDA STEM, Education, Training Grants 10/07/2020


UA may submit one application.

NIFA requests applications for WAMS to support research and extension activities that increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas who will pursue and complete a postsecondary degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

For this program, NIFA will support projects with a target audience of K-14 students (kindergarten through twelfth grade plus two years of post-secondary schooling (e.g., vocational technical institutions or community or junior colleges). Four-year undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral focused projects will not be awarded under this grant announcement. Projects with a primary target of 4-year undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral studies should consider NIFA's workforce and development focused programs.

Apply to the UA internal competition.