Limited submission funding opportunities are funding opportunities to which the University of Colorado Boulder is invited to submit a limited number of proposals. The Research & Innovation Office (RIO) coordinates the limited submission process for CU Boulder. When there is more interest than allowed proposals for a given funding opportunity, RIO coordinates an internal competition to identify the strongest projects with the highest likelihood of getting funded. Any interested applicant should review the campus procedures below for limited submission funding opportunities.

To sign up for our limited submission funding opportunity bulletin, or if you are aware of a limited program not listed below, please email ltdsubs@colorado.edu.

    Current Open Opportunities

    Past Opportunities

    If you are interested in serving as a reviewer for the CU Boulder limited submission process, please complete this form.

     

    Procedures for Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

    1. Publicizing Opportunities
      1. Website: RIO maintains a webpage that lists active limited submission funding opportunities; active “Calls for Interest,” which are used to determine if there is sufficient interest on campus to hold an internal competition; and a forecast of anticipated opportunities, based on previous competitions and program cycles.
      2. Email: RIO publishes the bi-weekly RIO Bulletin via email to campus stakeholders who are interested in receiving notices when limited submission funding opportunities are announced. To subscribe, click here and enter your information. RIO will send "alerts" when we are made aware of opportunities with imminent deadlines that cannot wait on the bi-weekly bulletin. RIO may also notify specific units and stakeholders via email about opportunities that are focused on certain disciplines or research areas.
      3. If individual faculty or staff become aware of limited submission funding opportunities not posted through the above sources, they should inform RIO by sending information via email to: ltdsubs@colorado.edu
    2. Internal Application Process
      1. RIO determines a reasonable deadline for expressions of interest for funding opportunities in order to determine if a campus-wide competition is needed. Once this deadline has passed and if there is sufficient interest on campus, an internal competition may be held to determine the strongest application(s) to submit to the sponsor on behalf of the University of Colorado Boulder. If no interest is received by the deadline, the university's slot(s) to apply will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. 
      2. The limited submission funding opportunities webpage lists details of the internal application process, including deadlines and proposal requirements. Requirements are based on sponsor guidelines and will vary. Basic budgets outlining projects costs are sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required for internal competitions. Applicants will submit proposals through an online portal with a unique hyperlink, which will be provided on the limited submission funding opportunities webpage and via email notices.
      3. RIO does not provide any advice or feedback during the internal competition process.
      4. If there is insufficient time to administer an internal competition, RIO may render a decision as to whom applies on behalf of the University of Colorado Boulder.
    3. Review Process
      1. Applications are reviewed by the RIO Advisory Board and faculty who have expertise in the relevant subject area(s). The RIO Advisory Board is comprised of faculty members, who are invited by the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation, and come from a wide range of disciplines. Based on the evaluations, applicants are selected to submit proposals to sponsors on behalf of the University of Colorado Boulder.
    4. Notification to Applicants
      1. RIO will notify all applicants via email. When possible, all applicants will receive comments and feedback on their proposals to help strengthen applications to sponsors.
      2. Internal winners will be provided with instructions on how to proceed with submission of a full proposal to the sponsor, working in conjunction with the Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG).
      3. RIO will share the names of internal winners when other internal competition applicants, whom were not selected, inquire for collaboration/partnership purposes. The intent is to encourage collaboration to ensure the University of Colorado Boulder is submitting the most competitive proposal possible. Partnerships are at the discretion of the internal PI winner.
    5. Expectations for Internal Winners
      1. Faculty selected to move forward with a limited submission proposal on behalf of the University of Colorado Boulder are required to do so. RIO expects selected faculty to make contact with their OCG Proposal Analyst within one-week of being notified by RIO. This one-week window may be shorter depending on the program deadline. 
      2. Even if a sponsor allows a PI to submit on their own, PIs must submit through OCG.
      3. If, for any reason, an internal winner will not submit a proposal to the sponsor, he/she is required to immediately contact ltdsubs@colorado.edu. Typically, other faculty members who have submitted applications for the internal competition will be invited to apply on behalf of the University of Colorado Boulder so the slot is utilized.
        1. For any instance where an internal winner does not apply and neglects to inform RIO, the dean/director of the internal winner’s respective unit will be notified and this will be taken into consideration for future limited submission opportunities.
      4. If an internal winner wishes to appoint another faculty member as PI before the application is submitted to the sponsor, the internal winner must request approval by sending an explanation to ltdsubs@colorado.edu. Changes in PI must be approved by RIO.
      5. For projects involving cost-share, it is incumbent upon the selected faculty to secure appropriate financial commitments. Cost-share commitments should be in place as part of the internal campus competition process. RIO typically only contributes matching funds for equipment and/or facilities for equipment. Typical matches total $50,000, with $25,000 from RIO and the remaining $25,000 from units or colleges.
      6. RIO expects applicants to send a copy of the submitted proposal to ltdsubs@colorado.edu and to keep RIO informed of the proposal status and if it is funded or not.
      7. As an internal winner, you agree to provide advice, feedback from the sponsor, etc. to the following year’s internal winner and RIO, upon RIO’s request. 

     

    Open Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

    Active Calls for Interest

    Calls for interest are used to gauge campus interest in applying to limited submission funding opportunities. An expression of interest is a simple statement via email from a lead PI indicating interest in applying to a specific program. There are no obligations to apply upon indicating interest in applying to a specific program. If there are multiple expressions of interest, an internal campus competition may be held with instructions for internal proposals to be sent out at a later time. Please see the table below for a complete list of opportunities with active calls for interest. If you are interested in a program below, please submit an expression of interest by the posted deadline to Hallie Adams at ltdsubs@colorado.edu.

    Active Internal Competitions

    An active internal competition is held if there are multiple expressions of interest for one limited submission funding opportunity. Please see the table below for a complete list of active internal competitions. Click on the linked award name for more information and to access the internal competition application portal.

    CU Internal Expression of Interest Deadline

    (11:59pm MST)

    CU Internal Competition Deadline

    (11:59pm MST)

    Sponsor Deadline                                                                                       

    Award

    N/A May 24, 2018 June 29, 2018 (Nomination)
    October 15, 2018 (Full Application)
    Pew Biomedical Scholars
    N/A May 31, 2018 July 1 - August 15, 2018 (Pre-Application Counseling Period)
    November 1, 2018 5:30pm MST (Phase I Applications)
    February 15, 2019 5:30pm MST (Phase II Applications)
    W.M. Keck Foundation Programs
    N/A June 12, 2018 August 1, 2018 Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation Mallinckrodt Grants
    N/A June 20, 2018 August 1, 2018 American Honda Foundation Grants
    June 13, 2018 N/A August 27, 2018 3:00pm MST (Letter of Intent)
    September 27, 2018 3:00pm MST (Application)
    NIH Director's Early Independence Award
    June 21, 2018 N/A August 25, 2018 5:00pm MST (Letter of Intent)
    September 25, 2018 5:00pm MST (Application)
    NIH NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25)
    Email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested N/A May 25, 2018 3:00pm MST (Letter of Intent)
    June 11, 2018 3:00pm MST (Full Application)
    DOE Building America Industry Partnerships and Research Priorities for High Performance Housing Innovation Solicitation
    Email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested N/A May 25, 2018 5:00pm MST NIH Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)
    Email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested N/A May 28, 2018 5:00pm MST (Letter of Intent)
    June 28, 2018 5:00pm MST (Application)
    NIH Summer Institute for Research Education in Biostatistics (R25)
    Email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested N/A May 29, 2018 5:00pm MST NSF Partnerships between Science and Engineering Fields and the NSF TRIPODS Institutes
    Email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested N/A May 31, 2018 3:00pm MST (Concept Paper)
    July 17, 2018 3:00pm MST (Full Application)
    DOE Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Advancement and Data Dissemination Solicitation
    Email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested N/A May 31, 2018 5:00pm MST NIH High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program
    Email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested N/A May 31, 2018 5:00pm MST NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program
    Email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested N/A May 31, 2018 5:00pm MST NIH Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program
    Email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested N/A May 31, 2018 10:00pm MST Dept of State TechWomen Program
    Email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested N/A May 31, 2018 10:00pm MST Dept of State Global Media Makers
    Email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested N/A May 31, 2018 10:00pm MST Dept of State Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute
    Email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested N/A May 31, 2018 10:00pm MST Dept of State US Exchange Alumni Network and Capacity Building Program
    Email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested N/A June 3, 2018 3:00pm MST (Letter of Intent)
    July 3, 2018 3:00pm MST (Full Application)
    NIH Interaction of HIV Infection and Alcohol Abuse on Central Nervous System Morbidity
    Email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested N/A June 4, 2018 5:00pm MST NSF Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI)
    Email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested N/A June 8, 2018 (Nomination Form)
    June 15, 2018 (Full Application)
    Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship
    Email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested N/A June 13, 2018 11:59pm MST National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program
    Email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested N/A June 15, 2018 9:59pm MST (Nomination Form)
    July 1, 2018 9:59pm MST (Full Application)
    RPB/SNF International Research Collaborators Award
    Email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested N/A June 25, 2018 9:59pm MST (Nominations)
    July 23, 2018 9:59pm MST (Letters of Support)
    The New York Academy of Sciences Innovators in Sciences Award - Early Career - Regenerative Medicine
    Email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested N/A June 25, 2018 9:59pm MST (Nominations)
    July 23, 2018 9:59pm MST (Letters of Support)
    The New York Academy of Sciences Innovators in Sciences Award - Senior Scientist - Regenerative Medicine
    Email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested N/A June 27, 2018 3:00pm MST (Mentor and Reference Letters)
    July 5, 2018 3:00pm MST (Full Application)
    William T Grant Foundation Scholars Program
    Email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested N/A August 6, 2018 3:00pm MST (Full Proposal)
    May 3, 2018 3:00pm MST (Letter of Intent - Optional)
    Department of Health and Human Services National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) Injury Control Research Centers
    Email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested N/A August 9, 2018 (SF-424)
    August 21, 2018 (Full Application)
    NEA Our Town