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Limited Submission Programs

In limited submission programs, the sponsor restricts the number of applications or proposals a campus can submit to the agency. The guidelines for these programs require institutions to screen preproposals or nominations to determine which applications will be submitted for competition.

Limited Submission Cover Sheet


Current Solicitations List


Limited Submission Campus Announcements

The Vice Chancellor for Research Office uses CALmessages to send limited submission announcements to faculty within targeted departments and/or units based on the focus of the agency funding program or, when the program is more general, to faculty campus-wide. For example, a program funding public health research would be directed only to faculty within the School of Public Health.

Research administrators and other staff who also wish to be notified of upcoming limited submission deadlines must sign up for the Limited Submission CALmessages list (CalNet authorization required). Faculty members do not need to sign up for this list; they will receive messages automatically. Staff who sign up for the list will receive all messages, not just those specific to their department.

Limited Submission Applications

Campus applications for limited submission programs should include the application material and the Limited Submission Cover Sheet (see top of this page), submitted in PDF to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at ltdsubs@berkeley.edu.

In general, applications for campus review will include a three- to five-page project description, a curriculum vita for each investigator, and a one-page budget that summarizes the total project period. However, please see the announcements below for program-specific information on campus application requirements.

Requests for matching funds or exceptions to campus policies must be identified at this stage and included in the budget page. Requests will be negotiated if the project is selected for submission.

Please note: The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research makes every attempt to identify limited submission opportunities and provide information on limited submissions in a timely manner; however, if a researcher should identify a limited submission that does not appear to have been announced, please forward the program information as soon as possible to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu.

If you have any questions about the internal campus review process, please contact Matthew Andrews in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at 643-1795 or ltdsubs@berkeley.edu. For assistance with the preparation of your proposal, please contact your departmental Research Administrator. For questions about submitting the proposal to the funding agency please contact your SPO Contract and Grant Officer.


Current Solicitations Chart

The chart below lists active limited submission programs. For previously announced programs, see the Limited Submission Archive.

Program Campus Application Deadline to VCRO, Campus Process Selected Proposals to SPO Agency Deadline Program Synopsis
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

one nomination per participating institution

CALmessages notice
6/23/2014

Send proposed concepts to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on June 23, 2014. Proposed concepts should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: Limited Submission Cover Sheet; Curriculum Vitae; Self Assessment: brief description of most significant research contribution to date, creative and risk-taking aspects of proposed research, how receipt of scholarship would benefit applicant, and personal significance of research; Abstract of Proposed Research; Publications: list of three selected publications and a brief summary of the importance of each; and References: list of the three chosen individuals that will provide recommendation letters for the applicant before the deadline of November 3, 2014.
10/27/2014 for application
11/3/2014 for application

7/15/2014 for campus nomination
The Program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise 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. Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field and, as of November 1, 2014, hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor. On July 1, 2014, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before July 1, 2011), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. The award provides $60,000 per year for four years, subject to annual review of the Scholar’s progress.
Searle Scholars Program

three applications per invited institution

CALmessages notice
8/1/2014

Send proposed campus applications to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on August 1, 2014. Campus applications should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: Limited Submission Cover Sheet; Project Description (3-5 pages), addressing why the proposed research is particularly novel and important; Curriculum vitae; Statement of nomination from department chair; One letter of support, addressed to the Searle Scholars Program, from candidateís doctoral or postdoctoral mentor or from similarly placed individual who is familiar with the candidate’s qualifications.
9/19/2014
9/26/2014
The Program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. Applicants will be expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. Grants are $300,000 for 3 years, with $100,000 payable in the first year and equal sums payable in the second and third years, subject to acceptable progress reports. See Program Overview and Eligibility for more information.
NIGMS Bridges to the Doctorate (R25)

one application per institution
8/11/2014

Please contact the Vice Chancellor for Research Office (ltdsubs@berkeley.edu) by 5:00 pm on August 11, 2014 if you are interested in submitting a proposal.
9/18/2014
9/25/2014

next deadline: 9/25/2015
This initiative promotes partnerships/consortia between colleges or universities granting a terminal master’s degree with institutions that offer the doctorate degree. The program expects that the joint efforts of doctorate degree-granting and master’s degree-granting institutions will foster the development of a well-integrated institutional program that will provide students with the necessary academic preparation and skills to enable their transition and successful completion of the Ph.D. degree in biomedical and behavioral sciences.
State Department Democracy, Human Rights and Labor: China Programs

two statements of interest (SOIs) per organization
8/11/2014 for notifications of interest

Those interested in submitting an SOI should send a non-binding note of interest to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00pm August 11, 2014.
8/22/2014
8/29/2014
The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor is soliciting SOIs for projects that will have a direct and lasting impact by promoting reforms and structural changes that take advantage of changing social and political dynamics in China. Areas are: Rule of Law; Civil Society; Religious Freedom; Labor Rights: Worker Empowerment and Labor Law Implementation; Labor Rights: Collective Bargaining; and Public Participation and Freedom of Information/Expression.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards for Medical Scientists

up to five nominations per institution; six if one is a woman or underrepresented minority

CALmessages notice
8/11/2014 for non-binding notes, 8/25/14 for campus applications

The campus selection process will have two steps: 1) Indicate your interest in applying with a non-binding note to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00pm on August 11, 2014.
2) Send campus applications to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00pm on August 25, 2014. Campus applications should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: Limited Submission Cover Sheet; Research Description (3 to 5 pages), describing the proposed work and candidate’s research plans (i.e., specific aims, scope and significance of postdoctoral research, work plan for faculty years, career objectives and how award will help achieve these objectives); Budget (1 page); Biosketch (up to 4 pages) according to the CAMS proposal guidelines; Faculty Sponsor Letter of Nomination as specified in the CAMS proposal guidelines. This is from the faculty member under whom the candidate will work during the mentored portion of the award. Note: The full application due to BWF requires additional letters.
9/24/2014
10/1/2014
The CAMS program supports physician-scientists, who are committed to an academic career, to bridge advanced postdoctoral/ fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. Candidates must hold an M.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M. degree and must be a fellow, resident, or a postdoctoral researcher. The ideal candidate will be two years away from becoming an independent investigator, have at least two years or more of postdoctoral research experience, and have a significant publication record. Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research. Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are ineligible. Award recipients are required to devote at least 75 percent of their time to research-related activities. Candidates that have appointments with institutional start-up funds or hold an R01 grant from the NIH are not eligible. The CAMS program supports $700,000 awards over five years. The funding cycle begins September 1, 2015.
DOE Resilience for Extreme Scale Supercomputing Systems

two applications as a Prime/Lead institution per institution; no limit on applications per institution as a collaborating institution

CALmessages notice
8/13/2014

Send campus applications to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on August 13, 2014. Campus applications should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: Limited Submission Cover Sheet; Project Abstract (1 page), briefly describing proposed activity and solicitation-specific research issues that will be addressed; Curriculum vitae for each investigator; Budget (1 page); Conflict of interest information (see pp. 11-12 of full solicitation).
8/20/2014 for required preapplications

10/27/2014 for invited applications
8/27/2014 for required preapplications

11/3/2014 for invited applications
The DOE Office of Science is inviting proposals for basic research that significantly improves the resiliency of scientific applications in the context of emerging architectures for extreme scale computing platforms. Of interest are proposals that address challenges in the following topics: 1) Fault Detection and Categorization, 2) Fault Mitigation, and 3) Anomaly Detection and Fault Avoidance. Note: Collaborations that include a DOE National Laboratory should note that proposals from a DOE National Laboratory should be submitted in response to the companion laboratory announcement (LAB 14-1059).
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigators in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

two nominations per institution, or three if a nominee holds the D.V.M.; an additional nomination for a member of an underrepresented minority group; and one additional nomination for each category for a researcher working in pathogenic helminths, mycology, or reproductive science

CALmessages notice
8/15/2014 for notes of intent to apply, 9/2/2014 for campus applications

The campus selection process will have two steps: 1) Submit a non-binding note of intent to apply, including your campus department/unit, to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00pm on August 15, 2014. This will enable VCRO to constitute an appropriate peer review committee.
2) Send campus applications to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on September 2, 2014. Campus applications should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: Limited Submission Cover Sheet; Research Description (3 to 5 pages), describing proposed work and candidateís research plans (i.e., specific aims, background and significance, experimental methods and procedures, and long-term objectives); Budget (1 page); Biosketch (up to 4 pages), according to the BWF proposal guidelines; Letter of Nomination. The dean or department chair, who signs the Signature Page Form, must prepare a Letter of Nomination clearly presenting the institution’s reasons for nominating the candidate, verifying that the candidate meets the award's eligibility requirements, and describing the expected impact of the award on the candidate’s career (see BWF proposal guidelines for more details). Note: Additional letters and materials are required for the submission of a full proposal to BWF.
10/27/2014
11/3/2014
The program supports accomplished investigators still early in their careers to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters. Candidates must have an established record of independent research and hold a tenure-track position as an assistant professor or equivalent at the time the application is submitted. Biochemical, pharmacological, molecular, genetic, immunologic, and other approaches are all appropriate for support by the program. Areas of particular interest include: cell/pathogen interactions, host/pathogen interactions, and novel routes to disease causation. Grantees must devote at least 75 percent of their time to research-related activities. This award provides $500,000 over a period of five years.

Note: UC Berkeley applicants have to be within seven years of receiving their Ph.D.s to be eligible to apply.
NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

one preliminary proposal per institution as the lead institution; no limit on the number of proposals in which an institution can participate as a partner

CALmessages notice
8/15/2014 for notes of intent to apply, 9/2/2014 for campus applications

The campus selection process will have two steps: 1) Submit a non-binding note of intent to apply, including your campus department/unit, to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu) by 5:00pm on August 15, 2014. This will enable VCRO to constitute an appropriate peer review committee.
2) Send campus applications to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on September 2, 2014. Campus applications should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: Limited Submission Cover Sheet; Project Description (up to 6 pages), according to the PIRE preliminary proposal guidelines, including projectís intellectual merit and broader impacts; Curriculum vitae, for each investigator; Budget (1 page). Note: Full preliminary proposals to NSF require additional materials.
10/14/2014 for required preliminary proposal

5/8/2015 for proposal (invitation only)
10/21/2014 for required preliminary proposal

5/15/2015 for proposal (invitation only)
PIRE is an NSF-wide program that supports fundamental, international research and education in physical, living, human, and engineered systems. PIRE awards enable research at the leading edge of science and engineering by facilitating partnerships with others nationally and internationally, by educating and preparing a diverse, world-class STEM workforce, and by fostering institutional capacity for international collaboration. This agenda is designed to encourage high-risk/high-reward activities and the pursuit of potentially transformative ideas. PIRE projects must include collaboration with foreign research partners and international research experiences for students. NSF expects PIRE projects to involve groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering at all levels. The average award size is expected to be $4 million over five years.
NEH Summer Stipends

two faculty nominations per institution

CALmessages notice
8/18/2104

Send campus applications to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on August 18, 2014. Campus applications should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: 1) Limited Submission Cover Sheet; 2) Project Narrative (up to 3 pages), addressing project’s intellectual significance, objectives, methods, work plan, and any additional project narrative criteria in the full program guidelines; 3) Curriculum vitae (up to 2 pages); 4) Bibliography (1 page), consisting of primary and secondary sources related directly to project; 5) Two letters of recommendation addressed to the National Endowment for the Humanities; and 6) Appendix (only for editions, translations, or database projects or for proposals that include visual materials): a) Editions or translations: sample of the original text (1 page) and the edited or translated version (1 page), b) Database projects: sample entry (1 page), c) Visual materials: sample in PDF format (1 page).
9/23/2014
9/30/2014
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. Individuals who have held a major fellowship or research grant or its equivalent within the three academic years prior to the deadline are ineligible.
The following university-affiliated individuals may apply without campus nomination: 1) university staff members who are not faculty and will not be teaching during the academic year preceding the award tenure; 2) emeritus faculty; and 3) adjunct faculty, part-time faculty, and those with academic appointments that terminate by the summer of the award tenure.
NINDS Neurological Sciences Academic Development Award (K12)

one application per institution
8/25/2014

Interested applicants should send a non-binding notification of interest to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by Monday August 25, 2014.
10/7/2014
10/12/2014 (10/14/2014 due to federal holiday)

next deadline: 10/12/2015
The purpose is to facilitate and support the research career development of pediatric neurologists at educational institutions or professional organizations who have made a commitment to independent research careers. The applicant organization must have a well-established research and clinical career development program and qualified faculty to serve as mentors.
NIH/CDC Hubs of Interdisciplinary Research and Training in Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) – Research Training (U2R)

A U.S. institution can only submit one U2R application. That institution may also receive a sub-award through the linked U01 research application. That institution may also participate as partner via a sub-award or associate program in one additional GEOHealth Hub through an application submitted by another institution.

CALmessages notice
8/25/2014 9/15/2014 for notes of intent to apply, 9/15/2014 10/6/2014 for campus applications

The campus selection process will have two steps: 1) Submit a non-binding note of intent to apply, including whether you will be submitting as lead or as sub-awardee (if sub-awardee, specify lead institution) to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00pm on August 25, 2014 September 15, 2014. This will enable VCRO to constitute an appropriate peer review committee.
2) Send campus applications to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on September 15, 2014 October 6, 2014. Campus applications should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: Limited Submission Cover Sheet, Project Description (3 to 5 pages) addressing solicitation-specific review criteria, Curriculum vitae for each investigator, and Budget (1 page).
10/15/2014 11/12/2014
10/22/2014 11/19/2014

9/22/2014 10/19/2014 for letters of intent (not required)
The GEOHealth Hub program invites applications from U.S. institutions to develop a collaborative research training program that will strengthen the capacity of institutions in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC) to conduct collaborative research, practical approaches for assessment and control of workplace hazards, data management, training, curriculum and outreach material development, and policy support around priority local, national and regional environmental and occupational health threats.
This funding opportunity announcement is one of two linked funding opportunities comprising the GEOHealth Hub program; applications in response to this opportunity (RFA-TW-14-002) must be developed in close coordination with linked applications under RFA-TW-14-001 “Hubs of Interdisciplinary Research and Training in GEOHealth - Research.”
NSF Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships Program

three preliminary proposals per organization as the lead institution; no limit on the number of proposals in which an organization participates as a partner institution; a PI or co-PI on one STC proposal may not be a participant in another STC proposal under review in the same competition

CALmessages notice
9/8/2014 for notes of intent, 9/29/2014 for campus applications

The campus selection process will have two parallel steps: 1. Submit a non-binding note of intent, including names of the projectís anticipated PIs and co-PIs and a descriptive title or a sentence on the intended focus of the Center, to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu, by 5:00pm on September 8, 2014. This will enable VCRO to start to constitute an appropriate peer review committee.
2. Send campus applications to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on September 29, 2014. Campus applications should be sent as a single PDF file that includes:
1) Limited Submission Cover Sheet;
2) Project Description (4 to 6 pages), addressing separately the following aspects of the proposed project: Vision and grand challenges to be addressed (touching on both intellectual merit and broader impacts); The main research and education goals and how they would be integrated; The range of disciplines expected to be involved significantly; A draft management approach or plan, illustrating the team approach and partnerships; Preliminary thoughts on how you would ensure diversity and broadening participation; Preliminary thoughts on how you would demonstrate institutional commitment towards achieving the Center goals (given that voluntary cost sharing is not allowed); Why this vision is best achieved as a center, and how it differs from other current or previous STCs;
3) Curriculum vitae or biosketch for each PI or co-PIs (required) and other key personnel deemed critical (optional); and
4) Budget (1 page).
12/4/2014 for required preliminary proposals

6/9/2015 for proposals (invitation only)
12/11/2014 for required preliminary proposals

6/16/2015 for proposals (invitation only)
The STC: Integrative Partnerships program supports innovative, potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations, and/or other public/private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. They provide a means to undertake significant investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or fresh approaches within disciplines.
Centers must undertake activities that facilitate knowledge transfer, i.e., the exchange of scientific and technical information with the objective of disseminating and utilizing knowledge broadly in multiple sectors. NSF also expects STCs to demonstrate leadership in the involvement of groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering at all levels (faculty, students, and postdoctoral researchers) within the Center. Centers use either proven or innovative mechanisms to address issues such as recruitment, retention and mentorship of participants from underrepresented groups.

Proposal Development Support: Potential Berkeley applicants are encouraged to contact the Berkeley Research Development Office (BRDO) for support in the development of their preliminary proposals. For more information contact the Director of Research Development David Trinkle at dtrinkle@berkeley.edu or (510) 642-6313.
NSF Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure 2015 - 2019 (NHERI)

two proposals as lead institution, but not more than one proposal as lead institution in any one these four categories: Network Coordination Office; Cyberinfrastructure; Computational Modeling and Simulation Center; and Experimental Facility, which includes the Post-Disaster, Rapid Response Research Facility
9/19/2014

Interested applicants should send a non-binding notification of interest to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by September 19, 2014.
10/30/2014 for required letters of intent

11/24/2014 for proposals
11/6/2014 for required letters of intent

12/3/2014 for proposals
This solicitation will establish operations of the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) for 2015 - 2019. NHERI will consist of the following components, established through up to ten individual awards: Network Coordination Office (one award), Cyberinfrastructure ) (one award), Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (one award), and Experimental Facilities for earthquake engineering and wind engineering research (up to seven awards, including one award for a Post-Disaster, Rapid Response Research Facility).
American Honda Foundation

one request per 12-month period per organization

CALmessages notice
9/22/2014

Send campus applications to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on September 22, 2014. Campus applications should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: Limited Submission Cover Sheet, Project Description (3-5 pages), Curriculum vitae, and Budget (1 page).
10/27/2014
11/3/2014

next deadline: 2/1/2015, 5/1/2015, 8/1/2015, 11/1/2015
The AHF engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic, and innovative. AHF’s funding priority is youth education with a specific focus on the STEM subjects in addition to the environment, job training, and literacy.
Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics

up to two letters of intent per university in each application cycle

CALmessages notice
9/29/2014

Send campus applications to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on September 29, 2014. Campus applications should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: Limited Submission Cover Sheet; Letter of Intent (up to 3 pages), including a description of the research proposal (particularly its significance), how the research will be carried out and is likely to have an impact on public policy or clinical practice, and the applicant’s goals in the field of bioethics; and Curriculum vitae (up to 3 pages).
10/27/2014 for letters of intent

1/23/2015 for invited applications
11/3/2014 for letters of intent

1/30/2015 for invited applications
The program goal is to nurture the next generation of leading bioethics researchers at a crucial stage in their academic careers, when they have started a tenure-track faculty appointment, need protected time to establish a long-term, sustainable research program, and would benefit from mentoring from senior bioethics scholars and joining a community of other bioethics researchers. Applicants must be junior faculty members holding at least a 60% appointment in a tenure series at a university or non-profit research institute in the U.S. Priority will be given to applicants who have not yet been considered for tenure, who have not received a comparable career development award, and whose work will have an impact on public policy, biomedical research, or clinical practice.
NIDDK Silvio O. Conte Digestive Diseases Research Core Centers (P30)

one application per institution
10/17/2014

Interested applicants should notify the Vice Chancellor for Research Office at ltdsubs@berkeley.edu.
11/12/2014
11/19/2014

10/19/2014 for letters of intent (not required)
The purpose of this Centers program is to bring together basic and clinical investigators as a means to enhance communication, collaboration, and effectiveness of ongoing research related to digestive and/or liver diseases. Only institutions at which there is a strong ongoing base of digestive and/or liver diseases-relevant research that relates to the proposed theme of the Center are eligible. At least 50 percent of the already funded research base in a new application must be supported by the NIDDK.
The Morris Stulsaft Foundation

one request per organization in a 12-month period
not applicable

Please contact the Vice Chancellor for Research Office (ltdsubs@berkeley.edu) if you are interested in submitting a proposal.
not applicable
open
The Foundation is dedicated to the well-being of children and youth through financial support of programs and services provided by nonprofit organizations: including support of social services, education, the arts, physical and mental health, and capital development.
Funding: $2,500-$50,000.
W. M. Keck Foundation

eligible institutions may submit one request per grant cycle to each of the Foundation’s program areas for which they are eligible
not applicable

Initial contact from a multi-unit organization (such as a college, university or agency branch location) must be coordinated through the institution’s central development office. Most colleges and universities have designated an official liaison to the Foundation. Other personnel contacting the Foundation will be referred to the central liaison. At UC Berkeley, the liaison is Jeff Jackanicz, Director Corporate and Foundation Relations, University Relations (642-6136, jjackanicz@berkeley.edu).
At UC Berkeley, the pre-proposal process starts early and is very selective. The application process starts with the Council of Science and Engineering Deans. They put the word out that Keck is in its new phase of applications, and from there, all interested faculty are to submit a one-page concept paper. Based on the paper, the Deans have a conference call with Keck to decide which faculty are best suited to apply. Contact jjackanicz@berkeley.edu for further information.
not applicable
ongoing
The W.M. Keck Foundation was founded with the goal of generating far-reaching benefits for humanity. The Foundation supports outstanding science, engineering and medical research, and undergraduate education. The Foundation strives to fund endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. It encourages projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact. "High-risk" comprises a number of factors, including questions that push the edge of the field, present unconventional approaches to intractable problems, or challenge the prevailing paradigm.
Funding: Up to $1 million for research grants and $250,000 for undergraduate education grants in 2011.