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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 April 12, 2021

  • 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
Hubs of Interdisciplinary Research and Training in Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) – Research Training (Collaborative U2R Clinical Trial Optional) National Institutes of Health (NIH) Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences Grants 05/05/2021


UA may submit 1 application.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications for research training activities in linked Hubs of Interdisciplinary Research and Training in Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth). The overall objective of the GEOHealth program is to support the development of institutions in the Low- or Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) that will serve as regional hubs for collaborative research, data management, research training, curricula and outreach material development, and policy support around high priority local, national, and regional environmental and occupational health threats. These hubs are expected to conduct the research and training needed to identify and design mitigation strategies for the adverse consequences of environmental exposures and inform relevant policy development in LMICs. The global network of hubs will serve as a platform for coordinated research and research training. GEOHealth Hubs are expected to provide leadership in environmental and occupational health research and in training a new generation of environmental and occupational health experts. Hubs are supported by two coordinated linked awards to 1) a LMIC institution for research and 2) a U.S. institution for research training. Both applications must demonstrate a commitment to extensive coordination between these two awards to meet goals of the GEOHealth program. An application submitted in response to this FOA for research training must be harmonized with a linked application for related research under RFA-TW-21-001 "Hubs of Interdisciplinary Research and Training in Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) – Research (Collaborative U01 Clinical Trial Optional)". This research training FOA is intended to support research training of LMIC investigators, provide mentored research training opportunities in the partner LMIC, and strengthen the capacity of the partner LMIC institution to conduct environmental and occupational health research.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) allows appointment of Trainees proposing to serve as the lead investigator of an independent clinical trial; or proposing a separate ancillary clinical trial; or proposing to gain research experience in a clinical trial led by another investigator, as part of their research and career development.

Components of Participating Organizations:

  • Fogarty International Center (FIC)
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

All applications to this funding opportunity announcement should fall within the mission of the Institutes/Centers listed above. The following NIH Offices may co-fund applications assigned to those Institutes/Centers.

Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)

Apply to the UA internal competition.

Stronger Democracy Award - Lever for Change Lever for Change Social Science & Law 05/05/2021


UArizona is encouraged by the sponsor to institutionally coordinate and submit a single proposal.

The University of Arizona Foundation GIFT Center is hosting a virtual information session about this grant opportunity on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 3:00p. Register to Attend

The Stronger Democracy Award will grant a total of $12 million to proven, scalable, and game-changing solutions that address one or more of the following key solution categories:

  • Voting & Elections: Implement structural reform around voting rights and access, redistricting, voting architecture, and campaign finance.
  • Policy Making: Strengthen legislative processes and tools to improve bipartisan relationships among politicians, increase access to policy expertise through nonpartisan think tanks and research engines, and promote the passing of policies representative of the broader electorate.
  • Civic Engagement: Improve civic education and participation to support citizens, communities, and society as they inform policies and hold representatives accountable.

Apply to the UA internal competition

2021 NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program) National Science Foundation (NSF) Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences Grants 05/05/2021


UA may submit 1 application.

The goals of the HSI program are to enhance the quality of undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and to increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of students pursuing associates or baccalaureate degrees in STEM. Achieving these, given the diverse nature and context of the HSIs, requires additional strategies that support building capacity at HSIs through innovative approaches: to incentivize institutional and community transformation; and to promote fundamental research (i) on engaged student learning, (ii) about what it takes to diversify and increase participation in STEM effectively, and (iii) that improves our understanding of how to build institutional capacity at HSIs. Intended outcomes of the HSI Program include broadening participation of students that are historically underrepresented in STEM and expanding students' pathways to continued STEM education and integration into the STEM workforce.

The HSI program is aligned with the National Science Board's vision for, and the NSF's commitment to, a more diverse and capable science and engineering workforce. HSIs are heterogeneous and unique in many respects. Some HSIs have well-established undergraduate STEM programs while others are just beginning to create STEM programs. Whether 2-year or 4-year, public or private, the HSIs serve a wide range of students with a diverse set of educational backgrounds. The need for tailored initiatives, policies, and practices (mindful of socio-cultural awareness) should meet the students' needs and institutions' expectations while advancing undergraduate students at HSIs toward higher levels of academic achievement in STEM. This is the motivation behind three HSI program tracks: Track 1: Planning or Pilot Projects (PPP); Track 2: Implementation and Evaluation Projects (IEP); and Track 3: Institutional Transformation Projects (ITP). Track 3, ITP, is motivated by work on organizational identities for HSIs that suggest that organizational culture and identity play a key role in the success of an HSI in promoting student success in STEM.

The HSI program accepts proposals in the following tracks:

- Track 1: The Planning or Pilot Projects (PPP)
- Track 2: The Implementation and Evaluation Projects (IEP)
- Track 3: The Institutional Transformation Projects (ITP)

Apply to the UA internal competition.

W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program concept paper July 2021 W.M. Keck Foundation Physical Sciences & Engineering Grants 05/05/2021


UA may submit four concept papers for Medical Sciences and four concept papers for Physical Sciences and Engineering.

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). 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.

To be considered by Keck, applicants must have a statement from a federal program officer expressing that the project is not a good fit due to risk (rather than technical or theoretical fit) or a decline from a federal program where the summary statement or individual reviews highlight the incredible novelty, but the high-risk nature that makes it difficult to fund at the federal level.

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


2021 (ESTEEMED) Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity Research Education Experiences (R25) National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences 05/05/2021


UArizona may submit one application.

With ESTEEMED, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) focuses on early preparation for undergraduate students in bioengineering or STEM fields relevant to bioengineering, such as engineering or the physical/computational sciences, which play key roles in biomedical technologies and innovation.

Apply to the UA internal competition

2021 U.S. Mission to Indonesia Annual Program Statement United States Department of State (DOS) Social Science & Law 04/28/2021


UArizona may submit one proposal.

The U.S. Mission to Indonesia is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. The U.S. Embassy's Public Affairs Section (PAS) in Jakarta invites proposals for projects that further and support the strategic partnership between Indonesia and the U.S. through educational, cultural, informational, and media programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. All programs must include an American cultural or media-related element, or a connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.

Apply to the UA internal competition

2021 July Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) National Library of Medicine Mathematics, Computational, & Data Sciences 04/28/2021


UA may submit one application.

The National Library of Medicine seeks applications for novel informatics and data science approaches that can help individuals gather, manage and use data and information about their personal health. A goal of this program is to advance research and application by patients and the research community through broadly sharing the results via publication, and through open source mechanisms for data or resource sharing.

Apply to the UA internal competition

Program to Advance the Career Development of Scientists from Diverse Backgrounds Conducting Nutrition, Obesity, Diabetes, and Related Research (U24 Clinical Trial Optional) National Institutes of Health (NIH) Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences Grants 04/23/2021


UA may submit 1 application.

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to enhance the diversity of the research workforce who are available to successfully compete for independent research funding from NIH in the areas of nutrition, obesity, diabetes, and related conditions. This program will establish a consortium providing professional development, mentoring, networking, pilot and feasibility funds, and other opportunities designed to advance the career development of post-doctoral scholars and early career faculty from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups nationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research, who intend to pursue a research career focused on nutrition, obesity, diabetes, and/or related conditions. The program will be administered through research institutions with substantial existing NIH funding within the research mission of NIDDK.

All applications to this funding opportunity announcement should fall within the mission of the Institutes/Centers. The following NIH Offices may co-fund applications assigned to those Institutes/Centers.
Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Disease Prevention (ODP)

Apply to the UA internal competition.

June 2021 Saucony Run for Good Foundation Saucony Run for Good Foundation STEM, Education, Training 04/21/2021


UArizona may submit one application.

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 childhood obesity as a serious health concern.

Apply to the UA internal competition

2021 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program (NRT) National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM, Education, Training 04/21/2021


UArizona may participate in two proposals. Participation includes serving as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on any proposal.

For FY2021, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE) have been added to the national priority areas in which the NRT Program encourages proposals. We seek proposals on any interdisciplinary research theme of national priority, with special emphasis on AI and QISE and the six research areas within NSF’s 10 Big Ideas. Proposals may be submitted under two tracks (i.e., Track 1 and Track 2). Track 1 proposals may request a total budget (up to five years in duration) up to $3 million for projects with a focus on STEM graduate students in research-based PhD and/or master's degree programs. Track 2 proposals may request a total budget (up to five years in duration) up to $2 million; NSF requires that Track 2 proposals focus on programs from institutions not classified as Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity (R1). Requirements for Track 1 and Track 2 are identical.

Apply to the UA internal competition