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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. If you have any questions regarding limited campus competitions, please email

Limited Submission Calendar

Anticipated Opportunities  

June 2016 W.M. Keck Foundation Internal Competition:

Link to internal competition submission form:

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.

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

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

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