Limited Submission Selection Process

Limited submission funding opportunities restrict institutions like BYU to a limited number of proposal submittals (typically one) for a particular funding opportunity. Here is the process for identifying and selecting limited submissions proposals that can be submitted by BYU:
1. Limited submissions opportunities are identified from: 1) external funders contacting the university, 2) research development describing opportunities through bulletins, emails and the research development website or 3) faculty finding opportunities.
2. Faculty indicate their intent to propose for a particular limited submission opportunity by contacting either their Associate Dean for Research or Research Development (Conrad Monson, conrad_monson@byu.edu or Kristen Kellems, kckellems@byu.edu).
3. If there are too many faculty wanting to submit proposals for a particular opportunity, the Deans will select the faculty or group who can submit. The selection will be made using a set of criteria to evaluate the likelihood of success for each proposal.
4. Those who are not selected will be encouraged to work with research development to find alternative sources of funding for their proposals.


Limited Submission Opportunities

Listed below are some of the limited submission opportunities most commonly pursued by BYU faculty, followed by a table presenting additional opportunities.

NSF PIRE Opportunity

The NSF PIRE (Partnership for International Research and Education) is a limited submissions opportunity that will allow only one submittal from an institution. If you want to be considered for this opportunity, please email a three page description of your proposal to Conrad Monson (conrad_monson@byu.edu) or Kristen Kellems (kckellems@byu.edu).

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program (NRT)

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations.

The Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences

The Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences is awarded to an individual in a selected area of chemistry to recognize exceptional and original research that has advanced the field in a major way. The prize is awarded biennially and consists of a monetary award of $250,000, a medal, and a citation.



Additional Limited Submission Opportunities

TitleFunderSubmission Deadline DescriptionAmount

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
NSF12/09/2016 (Letter of Intent)The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. $300,000-$3,000,000
National Robotics Initiative (NRI)NSF01/12/2017 (Full Proposal)The goal of the National Robotics Initiative is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States that work beside or cooperatively with people. The purpose of this program is to support the development of this next generation of robotics, to advance the capability and usability of such systems and artifacts, and to encourage existing and new communities to focus on innovative application areas.$3,000,000
Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01)NIH01/28/2017 (Letter of Intent)NIEHS initiated a program of research grants for Early Stage Investigators, The Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award, that is designed to identify the best new biomedical investigators across the spectrum of science supported by the NIEHS (i.e., including basic mechanistic, clinical and population based researchers) and facilitate their establishing a vibrant, independent research program in the environmental health sciences.$1,250,000
Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)NSF2/15/2017 (Full Proposal)Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are efficacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: ‘What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice, and which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?' $400,000-$600,000
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM)NSF4/20/2017 (Full Proposal)Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships and to advance the adaptation, implementation, and study of effective evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, transfer (if appropriate), student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM. Up to $5,000,000
Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC)NSF10/13/2017 (Full Proposal)This program seeks to enhance and expand the national resource of digital data documenting existing vouchered biological and paleontological collections and to advance scientific knowledge by improving access to digitized information (including images) residing in vouchered scientific collections across the United States. Estimated $1,000,000-$2,500,000
 Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs NSF10/19/2017 (Full Proposal)CISE’s Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs: The Cyber-Human Systems (CHS) program, the Information Integration and Informatics (III) program; and
the Robust Intelligence (RI) program.
$15,000,000
Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs NSF10/19/2017 (Full Proposal)CISE’s Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs: the Algorithmic Foundations (AF) program; the Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) program; and
the Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) program
$3,000,000
Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)NSF10/19/2017 (Full Proposal)The SaTC program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy, and draw on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication and information sciences; engineering; economics; education; mathematics; statistics; and social and behavioral sciences. $3,000,000
Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN)NSF10/31/2017 (Full Proposal)The Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN) Program supports fundamental research and education on the relationships between processing, structure and properties of metals and their alloys. The program focuses on experimental research while strongly encouraging the synergistic use of theory and computational materials science.
Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM)NSF10/31/2017 (Full Proposal)The Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM) program seeks to advance the field of electronics and photonics through basic, potentially transformative materials science research. The primary focus of the program is on novel materials and their integration that may offer new paradigms in critical computing, communication and sensing components, or enable advanced optoelectronics and photonics.
Polymers (POL)NSF10/31/2017 (Full Proposal)The DMR Polymers Program supports fundamental research and education on polymeric materials and polymer science. The Program portfolio is mainly experimental and highly diverse with components of materials science, chemistry, physics, and other related disciplines.