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Limited Campus Competitions

Throughout the year, the OVCR coordinates numerous Limited Campus Competitions. These competitions are required because many private foundations and federal government agency programs only allow a limited number of nominees from invited institutions, like CU-Boulder.  The review process is conducted by a group of faculty who are invited by the Vice Chancellor for Research to serve on the OVCR Review Board.  Based on their evaluations, nominees are selected to compete for these limited awards.

Limited Submission Calendar   

NEH 2015 Summer Stipends

Internal Deadline: 1700 (5pm), August 13th, 2015. 

Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities

Subject: Summer Stipends

Link to internal competition submission form:

Link to NEH Website:

NEH Deadline: Applications due Oct 1, 2015 for projects beginning May 2016. There is a campus competition due (Aug 20th) before the October deadline requiring a 2-page project description using clear writing appropriate for a non-expert in the applicant’s field of study. 

Award info: 2 applications per campus. Duration: 2 months summer 2016. $6,000 per award.

Summary: Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development. Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars.

If interested in submitting a proposal, internal submission materials should include:

  • 2-page project description of the proposal

June 2016 W.M. Keck Foundation Internal Competition:

Date for full consideration in this round of competition is Thursday, July 16th 2015 by 5:00PM MST.  

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research announces an internal competition for faculty interested in participating in the W.M. Keck Foundation Grant competition. Grants are awarded twice annual, in June and December. 

The 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.  Past grants have been awarded to major universities, independent research institutions, and medical schools to support pioneering biological and physical science research and engineering, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies.  Historically, grants range from $500,000 to $5 million and are typically $2 million or less.

The foundation is interested in:

  • Basic Science early in the process.
  • Cutting-Edge Research. Your project must be novel, distinct, and pioneering; it must push the edge of the field, present unconventional approaches, and challenge the prevailing paradigm. The Keck Foundation often finds it appealing if traditional sources of funding find the project too risky and are unwilling to support it.
  • Impact. If successful, your project must have the potential for transformative change.
  • Instrumentation. They like the development of promising new technology.
  • Senior and early-career investigators are acceptable.

For more information please see

Submission Requirements:

Two-page outline of research including a justification/explanation of why Keck funding is essential and why traditional support from federal agencies cannot be obtained.

Link to internal competition submission form:

Please contact Alex Mancero at with any questions or concerns.

2015 Best Digital Data Management Plan and Practices:

Internal Deadline: Competition for $2K closes 17:00 (5pm), August 13th, 2015

Subject: Best Digital Data Management Plans and Practices

Link to internal competition submission form: 

This competition is open to ALL University of Colorado Boulder faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students whose research or creative works generate digital data. We would like to stress that submissions related to creative works are especially welcome.

Award information:  Internal Competition for a $2000 Award in Five Different Categories

Synopsis of Program: CU-Boulder believes that primary research data should be easily available to other researchers within a reasonable time and in ways that promote re-use, broader synthesis, and long-term preservation. We are looking for examples of best practices in a variety of fields to promote the development of effective data management plans.

A data management plan is a formal document that describes how your data will be collected, organized, described, shared, and preserved throughout the course of your project and beyond.  We want to stress that “data” should be interpreted broadly, including (but not limited to): text files, word processing documents, spreadsheets, websites, calibration information, or simulation outputs; digital information artifacts, such as images, vector-based map products, audio and video products; the code to decode digital outputs; the metadata describing such information artifacts, and required source code.

Submit your data management plan if you believe it represents disciplinary best practices for long-term preservation and access to your data. Up to five $2000 awards will be granted as general research funds to the awardee in each of the following categories:

•           arts and humanities

•           engineering

•           life sciences

•           physical sciences

•           social sciences

Use the “University of Colorado Boulder Internal Competitions” template in the DMPTool ( to format your plan. Visit to understand the characteristics of good plans, which must include roles and responsibilities, expected data, period of data retention, data formats and dissemination, and data storage and preservation. Winning plans will be posted on as a condition of the award.

The award winners will be announced at the Fall 2015 Research Administration Fair. Please email with any questions about this competition.

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Mancero at

2015 PEW Biomedical Scholars Program:

Agency: The PEW Charitable Trusts

Title:  Pew Scholars Program

Link to internal competition application:

Link to PEW website:

OVCR Deadline: June 4, 2015.

PEW Deadline:  Nominations from institutions due on July 15, 2015.

Campus Competition: There is only 1 proposal per campus.

Program Summary: 

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level. 

The current grant level is $240,000; $60,000 per year for a four-year period. In 2016, Pew will name the next Class of Pew Scholars. For the 32nd series of awards, to be made in 2016, one nomination will be invited from each of the participating institutions. Participating institutions have been selected on the basis of the scope of their work in biomedical research and recommended to The Pew Charitable Trusts by the National Advisory Committee of the Program. The application for the 2016 awards will open on August 3, 2015.


  • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field.
  • As of November 1, 2015, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor. (Appointments such as Research Assistant Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Research Track, Visiting Professor or Instructor are not eligible.)
  • On July 1, 2015, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before July 1, 2012), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of this three-year limit
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2016 online application.
  • If an applicant’s university has more than one eligible nominating institution or campus, that applicant may only apply from one institution; they may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different one.

Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and innovative approaches.  Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but brings in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply.  Risk-taking is encouraged. Selection of the successful candidates will be based on a detailed description of the work that the applicant proposes to undertake, evaluations of the candidate’s performance, and notable past accomplishments, including honors, awards and publications. In evaluating the candidates, the National Advisory Committee gives considerable weight to evidence that the candidate is a successful independent investigator and has published significant work.

Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict with the Pew Scholars Program. If you have questions concerning eligibility, please contact Anita Pepper, Program Director, Pew Biomedical Programs at 215-531-8135 in advance of applying.


  • Candidate’s Vita
  • 2-Page Proposal Summary
  • Letter of Recommendation from the department chair or director

 If you have any questions, please contact Alex Mancero at .

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