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 PIRE program is currently closed.

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

Submission Deadline TitleDescriptionFunderAmountOther Due Dates & Notes
12/8/2017Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSML)FSMLs support environmental and basic biological research and education by preserving access to study areas and organisms, by providing facilities and equipment in close proximity to those study areas, and by fostering an atmosphere of mutual scientific interest and collaboration in research and education.NSF$4,200,000
1/10/2018Major 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. NSF$75,000,000 Full Proposal: due 2nd Wednesday in January, annually thereafter
1/17/2018
Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems (SNM-IS)The emphasis of the Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems (SNM-IS) solicitation is on research in new nano-scale manufacturing concepts and integration methods to realize complex integrated systems based on nanotechnology.NSF$5,000,000
1/17/2018ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE)The ADVANCE program contributes to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce because of the focus on equity for STEM academic faculty who are educating, training, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.  NSF
$22,200,000.00
Letter of Intent: 12/13/2017, due 2nd Wednesday in December every other year thereafter
Full Proposal: due 3rd Wednesday in January every other year thereafter
1/17/2018Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated SystemsThe emphasis of the Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems (SNM-IS) solicitation is on research in new nano-scale manufacturing concepts and integration methods to realize complex integrated systems based on nanotechnology. NSF$5,000,000
1/25/2018Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) Successful Collaborative Program Grant applications will bring together scientists to apply complementary approaches to work on an important and well-defined problem. Applications may address any area of science within the NIGMS mission, which is to support basic research that increases understanding of biological processes at a range of levels, from molecules and cells to tissues, whole organisms and populations. NIH
$10,000,000 Full Proposal:
5/25/2018, 1/25/2019, 5/25/2019, 1/25/2020, 5/25/2020
1/26/2018Research Education: Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program (R25)NIGMS seeks to enhance the pool of individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical workforce by providing training opportunities during multiple training and career stages at varied institutions and educational settings across the country.NIH$5,000,000 Full Proposal: 1/28/2019
1/26/2018Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority ParticipationThe overall goal of the program is to assist universities and colleges in diversifying the nation's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce by increasing the number of STEM baccalaureate and graduate degrees awarded to populations historically underrepresented in these disciplines: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.NSF
$22,300,000
Full Proposal: 11/16/2018, last Friday in January, annually thereafter; 3rd Friday in November, annually thereafter
2/8/2018
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards ProgramThe awards program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. The program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers.The Camille and Henry Freyfus Foundation, Inc.
$75,000
2/15/2018Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEMCultivating 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.NSF
$3,150,000.00
Full Proposal: due 2/15 annually thereafter
2/15/2018W. M. Keck Foundation: Research ProgramThe Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field.W. M. Keck FoundationFull Proposal: 8/15/2018
2/20/2018National Robotics Initiative 2.0: Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots 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.NSF$3,000,000Full Proposal: 2/20/2018, 2/5/2019, 1st Tuesday in February, Annually Thereafter
2/27/2018Outstanding New Environmental ScientistsThe Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award is intended to identify the most talented Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) who intend to make a long-term commitment to research in the Environmental Health Sciences and assist them in launching an innovative research program focused on the understanding of environmental exposure effects on people’s health. NIH$3,000,000Letter of Intent: 1/27/2018
3/19/2018Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01)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.NIH
VariesLetter of Intent: 2/15/2018
3/28/2018
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics ProgramThe program seeks: 1) to increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in STEM and entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM; 2) to improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on academically talented low-income students; and 3) to generate knowledge to advance understanding of how factors or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM of low-income students.NSF
$75,000,000.00 - $95,000,000.00
4/17/2018Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHS CC) (P30)The broad overall goal of an EHS CC is to identify and capitalize on emerging issues that advance improving the understanding of the relationships among environmental exposures, human biology, and disease. NIH$6,000,000
Letter of Intent: 3/17/2018, 3/17/2019
Full Proposal: 4/17/2019
6/20/2018Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program An IUCRC contributes to the nation's research infrastructure base and enhances the intellectual capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research and education. As appropriate, an IUCRC uses international collaborations to advance these goals within the global context.NSF
$20,500,000
Preliminary Proposal: 4/18/2018, 10/17/2018
Full Proposal: 12/19/2018
7/6/2018
William T. Grant Scholars ProgramThey fund research that increases our understanding of:
-programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and
strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth.
William T. Grant Foundation
$1,400,000
7/27/2018Instrument Development for Biological ResearchThe Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR) Program supports the development, production, and distribution of novel instrumentation that addresses demonstrated needs in biological research in areas supported by NSF Biology programs.NSF
$4,000,000
Current but no longer receiving proposals
Full Proposal: due last Friday in July, annually thereafter
8/13/2018 Collections in Support of Biological ResearchThe CSBR program provides for enhancements that secure and improve existing collections, improves the accessibility of digitized specimen-related data, and develop better methods for specimen curation and collection management.  NSF
$4,500,000
Full Proposal: due 2nd Monday in August, annually thereafter
8/17/2018Developmental Centers for AIDS Research (P30) The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite applications for the Developmental Centers for AIDS Research (D-CFAR) program to provide administrative and shared research support to enhance HIV/AIDS research. D-CFARs provide core facilities, expertise, resources, and services not readily obtained otherwise through more traditional funding mechanismsNIH
$3,750,000
Full Proposal: 8/17/2018, 8/17/2019
8/17/2018Centers for AIDS Research (P30)The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite applications for the Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) program to provide administrative and shared research support to enhance HIV/AIDS research. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration across all areas of HIV/AIDS research.
NIH
$15,000,000
Full Proposal: 8/17/2018, 8/17/2019
9/19/2018Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer ScienceThis program supports active long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer and Information Science, and Mathematics (STEM) in-service and pre-service teachers, full-time community college faculty, and university faculty and students to enhance the scientific disciplinary knowledge and capacity of the STEM teachers and/or community college faculty through participation in authentic summer research experiences with engineering and computer science faculty researchers.NSF
$5,800,00
Full Proposal: 9/19/2018, 3rd Wednesday in September, annually thereafter
9/27/2018Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) ProgramThe Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.NSF
$4,000,000Full Proposal: 9/27/2018, 9/27/2019
9/28/2018NEI Center Core Grant for Vision Research (P30)NEI Center Core Grant for Vision Research (P30)NEI Center Core Grant for Vision Research (P30)NEI Center Core Grant for Vision Research (P30)This program is designed to enhance an institution's environment and capability to conduct vision research and to facilitate collaborative studies of the visual system and its disorders.NIH
$2,000,000
Full Proposal: 9/28/2018, 9/28/2019
10/11/2018Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), invites grant applications for funding Education and Research Centers (ERCs) that are focused on occupational safety and health training, research training, education and outreach.NIH
$24,000,000
Letter of Intent: 8/13/2018
10/12/2018Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC)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. NSFEstimated $1,000,000-$2,500,000Full Proposal: due 2nd Friday in October, annually thereafter
10/19/2018Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (P30)This FOA supports applications for Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs), centers of excellence in geriatrics research and research education to increase scientific knowledge leading to better ways to maintain or restore independence in older persons.NIH
$4,500,000
Letter of Intent: 9/19/2018
10/26/2018Occupational Safety and Health Training Project Grants (T03)The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), invites grant applications for Training Project Grants (TPGs) that are focused on occupational safety and health training.NIH
$3,000,000Full Proposal: 10/26/2018, 10/24/2019
11/7/2018Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments.NSF$33,000,000 - $44,000,000Full Proposal: 11/6/2019
1/10/2019CISE Research InfrastructureThe CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure that will support focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering.NSF
$4,000,000
Preliminary Proposal: 11/7/2018, 1st Wednesday in November annually thereafter Full Proposal: 1/10/2019, 2nd Thursday in January annually thereafter
2/6/2019National 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. NSF$300,000-$3,000,000Letter of Intent: 12/6/2018
4/24/2019Partnerships for International Research and EducationThe primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration.NSF
$8,000,000 - 12,000,000
Preliminary Proposal: 9/14/2018
Full Proposal: 4/24/2019
12/2/2019Materials Research Science and Engineering CenterMaterials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) provide sustained support of interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering.NSF
$23,000,000
Preliminary Proposal: 7/1/2019
1/30/2020Physics Frontiers CentersThe program is designed to foster major breakthroughs at the intellectual frontiers of physics by providing needed resources such as combinations of talents, skills, disciplines, and/or specialized infrastructure, not usually available to individual investigators or small groups, in an environment in which the collective efforts of the larger group can be shown to be seminal to promoting significant progress in the science and the education of students.NSF
$10,000,000 - $13,000,000
Preliminary Proposal: 8/1/2019
Proposals accepted anytimeCeramics (CER)The objective of the program is to increase fundamental understanding and to develop predictive capabilities for relating synthesis, processing, and microstructure of these materials to their properties and ultimate performance in various environments and applications. NSF$10,000,000
TBD100&Change is a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem. 100&Change will select a bold proposal that promises real progress toward solving a critical problem of our time.MacArthur Foundation
$100,000,000