MAP | bCONNECTED |
Sponsored Projects

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
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).
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.
NIST Forensic Science Center of Excellence Program

one application per organization as lead organization
9/30/2014

Interested applicants should send a non-binding notification of interest to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by September 30, 2014.
12/4/2014
12/11/2014
NIST is soliciting applications to establish a Forensic Science Center of Excellence in which NIST researchers collaborate with interdisciplinary researchers from academia and industry for the wide-spread adoption of probabilistic methods within the forensic science community, specifically in the areas of pattern evidence and digital evidence, by developing the necessary analytical methods, creating a suitable education and training infrastructure in probabilistic methods for the relevant stakeholders, and engaging the forensic science community to promote competence building.
NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI: BIC)

academic institutions are limited to participation on two proposals as a lead institution; a lead academic institution has the option to participate as a subawardee on any other proposal; lead academic institutions may also provide consultants to other proposals

CALmessages notice
10/10/2014 for letters of intent

Send letters of intent (LOIs) to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on November 10, 2014. Letters of intent should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: Limited Submission Cover Sheet; Letter of intent, according to LOI guidelines on pp. 7-8 of the full NSF program solicitation; and Curriculum vitae or biosketch (2 pages) for each PI and co-PI.
11/24/2014 for required letters of intent

1/21/2015 for proposals
12/3/2014 for required letters of intent

1/28/2015 for proposals
The PFI:BIC program supports academe-industry partnerships, which are led by an interdisciplinary academic research team with at least one industry partner to build technological, human, and service system innovation capacity. These partnerships focus on the integration of technologies into a specified human-centered smart service system with the potential to achieve transformational change in an existing service system or to spur an entirely new service system. Competitive proposals are likely to be those that move the state of the art in the direction of autonomy, ability to deal with ambiguity, and cognitive reasoning, as well as provide some type of action beneficial to humans. PFI:BIC funds research partnerships working on projects that operate in the post-fundamental discovery space but precede being on a clear path to commercialization.
State Department Official U.S. Presentation at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice, Italy

one proposal per applicant
10/17/2014

Interested applicants should notify the Vice Chancellor for Research Office at ltdsubs@berkeley.edu.
12/2/2014
12/9/2014
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is requesting proposals for an open competition for grants from U.S. based non-profit organizations including museums, galleries, visual and design arts centers and schools of design and architecture to organize the official U.S. presentation at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition to be held in Venice, Italy, June through November, 2016.
Japan Foundation Exhibitions Abroad Support Program

one application per organization
10/30/2014

Interested applicants should send abrief note of interest to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by October 30, 2014.
11/20/2014
12/1/2014

This program is designed to provide financial assistance for overseas museums and art institutions to help them organize exhibitions introducing Japanese art and culture to audiences overseas, in order to deepen the understanding of Japanese art and culture. In addition, this program is designed to provide financial assistance for overseas international exhibitions such as biennials/triennials introducing Japanese artists and their works.
State Department Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Internet Freedom Annual Program Statement

two statements of interest (SOIs) per organization per deadline

CALmessages notice
11/3/2014

Send SOIs to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on on November 3, 2014. Statements of interest should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: Limited Submission Cover Sheet; Curriculum vitae (2 pages) for each PI and Co-PI; and Statement of interest (3 pages), which should include the following items: a) Brief description of applicant’s previous work in the area of Internet freedom, particularly in acutely hostile Internet environments; b) Description of how project is innovative, sustainable, generates lasting impact, and does not duplicate current efforts; c) Project description, including project duration, objectives, outputs, and outcomes, with target benchmarks; d) Estimated total budget figure.
11/26/2014
12/5/2014
The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor goal is to promote fundamental freedoms, human rights, and the free flow of information online through integrated support for anti-censorship and secure communications technology, advocacy, digital safety, and research. DRL invites organizations to submit SOIs that address one or more of the following program themes: Technology Expanding Open and Uncensored Access to Information and Communications, Secure Communication Technology, Digital Safety, Policy and Advocacy, and Research and Evaluation.
Nick Traina Foundation Grant Program

one application per organization per calendar year

CALmessages notice
11/3/2014

Send campus applications to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on November 3, 2014. Campus applications should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: Limited Submission Cover Sheet, Project description (3 pages), Curriculum vitae (2 pages) for each PI and Co-PI, and Summary budget (1 page).
12/15/2014 (8:00 am)
12/31/2014
The Nick Traina Foundation is accepting proposals to support organizations and programs involved in the diagnosis, research, treatment, and/or family support of manic-depression and other forms of mental illness, suicide prevention, child abuse, and children in jeopardy.
DOE Advancing Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Commercial Buildings

one concept paper and one corresponding full application per institution

CALmessages notice
11/3/2014

Send white papers to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on November 3, 2014. White papers should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: Limited Submission Cover Sheet; White paper (1-2 pages), with attention to the Concept Paper content requirements outlined on pp. 17-18 of the full program solicitation; and Curriculum vitae or biosketch (2 pages) for each PI and Co-PI.
11/14/2014 for required concept paper

1/12/2015 for application
11/22/2014 for required concept paper

1/20/2015 for application
The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy seeks to fund the scale-up of promising solutions to the market barriers that hinder the growth of energy efficiency in the commercial building sector. The objective of this funding is to build a path for market-ready solutions to be used at scale across the U.S. to improve building energy efficiency.
State Department Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders on Women's Leadership

one proposal to implement one Institute per organization

CALmessages notice
11/5/2014

Send a brief note of interest to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by November 5, 2014 and include the title of this funding opportunity in your message. The VCRO will initiate a selection process when campus interest exceeds the submission limit.
11/20/2014
12/1/2014
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs invites proposal submissions for the design and implementation of two Institutes. Taking place over the course of five weeks at a U.S. academic institution, each Institute should be organized for a group of 20 foreign undergraduate female students focusing on the history and participation of women in public life in the United States and linkages to global women’s issues. Participants will be drawn from the following regions: 1) Sub-Saharan Africa and 2) North Africa/Middle East.
State Department Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders on U.S. History and Government

one proposal to design, implement, and/or monitor all four Institutes per organization

CALmessages notice
11/7/2014

Send a brief note of interest to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by November 7, 2014 and include the title of this funding opportunity in your message. The VCRO will initiate a selection process when campus interest exceeds the submission limit.
12/1/2014
12/8/2014
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs invites proposal submissions for the design and implementation of four Institutes. The Institutes will target student leaders from the Western Hemisphere: three Institutes will be conducted entirely in Spanish, and one Institute will be conducted in English. Each academic Institute will be five weeks in duration, approximately four weeks at an academic institution and approximately one week on an integrated educational study tour, and should be organized for a group of 20 undergraduate students from mostly indigenous, Afro-Latino, and underserved communities in the Western Hemisphere.
State Department Promoting Democracy, Human Rights and Rule of Law in Central Asia

three proposals (one per country/theme) per organization
11/10/2014

Send a brief note of interest to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by November 10, 2014 and include the title of this funding opportunity in your message. The VCRO will initiate a selection process when campus interest exceeds the submission limit.
12/5/2014
12/12/2014
The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor is requesting proposals for projects that will promote democracy, human rights, and rule of law in Central Asia. The three program areas are: Kyrgyzstan - Strengthening the capacity of civil society and the media to increase transparency and counter corruption; Kyrgyzstan - Improving inter-ethnic relations with a focus on the South; and Central Asia Regional - Strengthening independent media in Central Asia.
USDA/APHIS National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) Cooperative Agreements Program

an applicant organization may submit only one application and/or be a third party in an application submitted by another entity

CALmessages notice
11/10/2014

Send campus applications to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on November 10, 2014. Campus applications should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: Limited Submission Cover Sheet; Project Description (3-5 pages, including references), addressing projectís purpose, objectives, scope of work, methodology/approach, and expected deliverables, with attention to review criteria outlined on pp. 32-36 of the full program solicitation; Curriculum Vitae (2 pages) for each PI and Co-PI; and Summary Budget (1 page), including any anticipated sources of cost share.
12/12/2014
12/19/2014
The NCPN provides asexually propagated plant material free of targeted plant pathogens and pests that cause economic loss to protect the environment and ensure the global competitiveness of specialty crop producers. Priorities include: 1) establishing and supporting clean plant network governance and related administrative and support systems; 2) providing for operations needed for the rapid and safe introduction, diagnosis, treatment, foundation block establishment and release of clean plant materials for planting from foreign and domestic sources for commercial development; 3) conducting methods development to accurately test, develop therapies, and support the establishment of guidelines and standards for different crop species for certification maintenance; 4) developing partnerships with land-grant and other university-based extension and outreach services to interact with commercial nurseries, industry associations, and producers; and 5) developing and implementing audit and quality controls.
NINDS Institutional Center Core Grants to Support Neuroscience Research (P30)

one application per institution; additionally, an institution is eligible for a maximum of one NINDS Center Core Grant

CALmessages notice
11/12/2014

Send campus applications to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on November 12, 2014. Campus applications should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: Limited Submission Cover Sheet; Project Description (3-5 pages, including references), addressing the review criteria outlined in the full solicitation; Summary Budget (1 page); and Curriculum Vitae (2 pages) for each PI and Co-PI.
12/15/2014 (8:00 am)
12/29/2014

11/29/2014 for letters of intent (not required)
NINDS invites applications for Institutional Center Core Grants to support the NINDS mission to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease. The Centers will provide cutting edge resources and facilities shared by a minimum of six investigators who have existing NINDS-funded research projects and to other investigators pursuing research consistent with the NINDS mission. The Centers should enhance the effectiveness of ongoing research and facilitate new research directions.
NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

UC Berkeley is allowed to submit three proposals, including as a significantly funded subawardee. If three proposals are submitted, at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development (i.e., no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition).

CALmessages notice
11/17/2013

Send proposed concepts to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on November 17, 2014. Proposed concepts should be sent as a single PDF file that includes:
Limited Submission Cover Sheet; Project description (3-5 pages, including references), addressing separately the proposed project’s intellectual merit, broader impact, and the additional solicitation specific review criteria for instrument acquisition or development outlined in the full NSF program solicitation; Summary budget (1 page), including anticipated sources of cost share; and Curriculum vitae or biosketch (2 pages) for each PI or Co-PI.

Potential Berkeley applicants are encouraged to contact the Berkeley Research Development Office for support in the development of their proposed concepts. For more information contact the Director of Research Development David Trinkle at dtrinkle@berkeley.edu or (510) 642-6313.

1/14/2015
1/22/2015

next deadline: 1/13/2015
The MRI Program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally. Each MRI proposal may request support for either the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use. Development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged. Requests in the range of $100,000-$4M will be accepted from all eligible organizations. Requests less than $100,000 will also be accepted for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences. Cost-sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education. Note: Subawards may be included in development proposals but not in acquisition proposals unless the submitting organization is a non-Ph.D. granting institution of higher education.
State Department Funding Opportunities

see specific program guidelines for limit per organization

CALmessages notice
11/21/2014 for applications due on 12/15/2014,
11/24/2014 for applications due on 12/29/2014, 12/5/2014 for applications due on 1/12/2015

Send a brief note of interest to the VCRO Limited Submissions email address (ltdsubs@berkeley.edu) by the deadlines below, and include the title of the funding opportunity in your message:
  • For applications due on December 15, notify us by November 21.
  • For applications due on December 29, notify us by November 24.
  • For applications due on January 12, notify us by December 5.
VCRO will initiate a selection process when campus interest exceeds a given program’s submission limit.

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor has several funding opportunities on a wide range of topics.
12/8/2014 12/15/2014 Supporting Transitional Justice Initiatives in Nepal
12/15/2014 12/29/2014 Business and Human Rights
12/15/2014 12/29/2014 Promoting Internationally Recognized Labor Rights Globally
1/5/2015 1/12/2015 Democracy, Human Rights, and Religious Freedom in Central Asia Particularly Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan
1/5/2015 1/12/2015 Promoting Religious Freedom in Cameroon with a Particular Emphasis on Displaced Communities from Central African Republic
1/5/2015 1/12/2015 Global Religious Freedom and Rule of Law Programs
1/5/2015 1/12/2015 Religious Freedom in Malaysia
1/5/2015 1/12/2015 Religious Freedom in Egypt
1/5/2015 1/12/2015 Combatting Anti-Semitism in Europe
RGK Foundation Grants in Education, Community, and Health/Medicine

one letter of inquiry per organization per 12-month period

CALmessagesnotice

11/24/2014

Send a letter of inquiry (LOI) to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on November 24, 2014. LOIs should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: Limited Submission Cover Sheet; Letter of inquiry (2,500 character limit), including a brief project description that addresses at least three specific measurable goals the project hopes to achieve; Curriculum vitae (2 pages) for each PI and Co-PI; and Summary budget (1 page), including any anticipated sources of cost share.
 
open
The Foundation’s primary interests within Education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education. Within Community, the Foundation supports a broad range of human services, community improvement, abuse prevention, and youth development programs. The Foundation’s current interests in the area of Health/Medicine include programs that promote the health and well-being of children, programs that promote access to health services, and Foundation-initiated programs focusing on ALS.
NSF Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)

one proposal per institution as lead organization; no limit as non-lead collaborative partner in other multi-organization group proposals

CALmessages notice
11/24/2014

Send campus applications to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on November 24, 2014. Campus applications should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: Limited Submission Cover Sheet; Project description (3-5 pages), addressing separately the project’s intellectual merit, broader impacts, and additional solicitation specific review criteria outlined on pp. 8-9 of the full solicitation; Summary budget (1 page); and Curriculum vitae or biosketch (2 pages) for each PI and Co-PI.
1/12/2015
1/20/2015
The emphasis of the program is on research to overcome the key scientific and technical barriers that prevent the production of useful nanomaterials, nanostructures, devices, and systems at an industrially relevant scale, reliably, at low cost, and within environmental, health, and safety guidelines. Competitive proposals are expected to address the training and education of students in nanomanufacturing. An inter-disciplinary approach is strongly encouraged. Disciplines could range from mathematics to the physical sciences to engineering. While not required, the involvement of an industrial or small business partner or partners is encouraged.
State Department Establishment of a University Partnership with National College of Arts - Lahore

one application per institution

CALmessages notice
12/1/2014

Send a brief note of interest to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by December 1, 2014 and include the title of this funding opportunity in your message. The VCRO will initiate a selection process when campus interest exceeds the submission limit.
1/26/2015
2/2/2015
The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore announce an open competition for a cooperative agreement to establish a University Partnership between a four-year college or university in the United States and National College of Arts (NCA)-Lahore in Film & Television Arts.
State Department Establishment of a University Partnership with University of the Punjab - Lahore, Institute of Communication Studies (ICS)

one application per institution

CALmessages notice
12/1/2014

Send a brief note of interest to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by December 1, 2014 and include the title of this funding opportunity in your message. The VCRO will initiate a selection process when campus interest exceeds the submission limit.
1/26/2015
2/2/2015
The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore announce an open competition for a cooperative agreement to establish a University Partnership between a four-year college or university in the United States and University of the Punjab in the two thematic areas of journalism/communication studies and development studies.
NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5)

two applications per institution

CALmessages notice
12/1/2014

Send campus applications to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on December 1, 2014. Campus applications should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: 1) Limited Submission Cover Sheet; 2) Statement of how an Early Independence Award would enable entry into an independent research position and why this would be of benefit to the applicant’s career (1 page); 3) Evidence of exceptional scientific creativity and productivity (1-2 pages); 4) A research plan in a scientific area relevant to the NIH mission for which the investigator has demonstrated expertise (1-2 pages); and 5) Two letters of reference (up to 2 pages each) from mentors and other scientists familiar with the investigator offering a detailed assessment of the prospects for a successful early transition to research independence; achievements as a graduate student; and the potential for future scientific contributions. (Letters should be addressed to the NIH, signed, in PDF, and sent separately by the letter writer directly to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by December 1, 2014.)
1/23/2015
1/30/2015

12/30/2014 for letter of intent (not required)
Awards provide an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their entry into an independent research career by forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit by post-doctoral training, a small number of outstanding junior investigators would benefit instead by launching directly into an independent research career. For these select investigators, who have established a record of scientific innovation and research productivity and who have demonstrated unusual leadership, drive, and maturity, post-doctoral training would unnecessarily delay their entry into performing independent research. See the program solicitation for applicant eligibility criteria.
Note: Three to five reference letters will be required for selected applications to NIH. See the program solicitation for more information.
Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

two nominations per invited institution

CALmessages notice
12/1/2014

Send letters of intent (LOIs) to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on December 1, 2014. LOIs should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: Limited Submission Cover Sheet; Brief summary of program project (1 page maximum, single spaced, ½ inch margins, Times New Roman 11 pt. font minimum); and Biographical sketch (using current NIH format) with other support page (4 page maximum).
1/2/2015 (8:00 a.m.) for required letters of intent

3/24/2015 for invited applications
1/8/2015 for required letters of intent

4/1/2015 for invited applications
The Brain Research Foundation has invited the University of California, Berkeley to nominate two faculty members to submit Letters of Intent for the 2015 Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program. The purpose of the Program is to provide start-up money for new research projects and innovative programs that have the potential of becoming competitive for an NIH grant or other external funding sources. The Program’s goal is to have this initial effort succeed in opening future opportunities for research, collaboration and scientific advancement. To be eligible, the PI must be a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor at an invited institution, working in the area of studies of brain function. See the BRF guidelines for additional information including PI ineligibility.
NICHD Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series (R13)

one application per institution

CALmessages notice
12/1/2014

Send a brief notification of intent to apply, including the name of the lead PI and a descriptive title or a sentence on the intended focus, to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on December 1, 2014. This will enable VCRO to determine the appropriate campus selection process.
1/22/2015
1/29/2015

Selected applicant must contact NIH Scientific/Research Contact by 12/18/2014

next deadline: 11/17/2015, 11/17/2016
The purpose is to bring together academic institutions/organizations and community organizations to identify opportunities for reducing health disparities through the use of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). The areas of focus for these partnerships should include one or more of the following community-health issues: preterm birth; infant mortality; sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); maternal mortality; reproductive health; uterine fibroid tumors; childhood, adolescent, and/or adult obesity; violence prevention; perinatal HBV and HIV/AIDS prevention; HIV/AIDS prevention; asthma; intellectual and developmental disabilities; pediatric injury prevention; and medical rehabilitation.
State Department Programs in Support of Land Rights in Cambodia and Vietnam

two applications per organization
12/1/2014

Interested applicants should send a brief notification of interest to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by December 1, 2014.
12/15/2014 (8:00 a.m.)
12/22/2014
The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor is requesting Statements of Interest (SOI) outlining program concepts and capacity to manage projects that will support the bureau’s policy priorities of fostering marginalized populations’ community mobilization, documentation and advocacy skills to promote accountability and address land tenure issues and forcible displacement in Cambodia and Vietnam.
NSF National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

a US academic institution may submit or participate in only one individual site proposal

CALmessages notice
12/15/2014

Send letters of intent (LOIs) to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00pm on December 15, 2014. Letters of intent should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: Limited Submission Cover Sheet; Letter of intent (1 page limit), in accordance with the NNCI LOI guidelines, providing a brief summary discussion of the proposed site in terms of its principal focus areas and capabilities, the funds likely to be requested, and whether you intend to be considered for the Coordinating Office; and Curriculum vitae or biosketch (2 pages) for each PI or Co-PI.
1/26/2015 for required letter of intent

3/26/2015 for proposal
2/2/2015 for required letter of intent

4/3/2015 for proposal
NSF has developed this solicitation to create the NNCI, the successor to the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN). This solicitation establishes a competition for individual university user facility sites that are geographically distributed and with diverse and complementary capabilities to support current and anticipated future user needs across the broad spectrum of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology domains. The selected individual sites will have autonomy in their operation and management but will be required to act in concert with a Coordinating Office that will be selected competitively at a later stage from among the selected sites.
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

one nomination per institution

CALmessages notice
1/5/2015

Send campus applications to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on January 5, 2015. Campus applications should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: 1) Limited Submission Cover Sheet; 2) A letter of nomination from an institutional representative highlighting the nominee's achievements, and the basis for selection (limited to 3 pages; 3) A summary description, with references, of the nominee's research accomplishments as an independent faculty member, and a description of research plans (limited to 7 pages); 4) A statement intended to convince the reviewers of the nominee's dedication to education in the chemical sciences (limited to 3 pages); 5) A CV (limited to 7 pages) including a list of publications in which independent contributions and undergraduate coauthors are clearly identified. Research support should be indicated.; and 6) A budget (less than 1 page) describing how award funds are anticipated to be used.
2/3/2015
2/10/2015
The Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, and are normally expected to have been appointed no earlier than mid-year 2009. The program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.
Note: The full application due to the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation requires additional materials, including three letters of support. See the full program guidelines.
NSF Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)

one proposal per organization as lead organization; no limit on proposals as non-lead collaborator or sub-awardee

CALmessages notice
1/5/2015

Send campus applications to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on January 5, 2015. Campus applications should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: Limited Submission Cover Sheet; Project description (3-5 pages), addressing separately the projectís intellectual merit, broader impacts, and additional solicitation specific review criteria; Summary budget (1 page); and Curriculum vitae or biosketch (2 pages) for each PI and Co-PI.
2/9/2015
2/17/2015

next deadline: 2/16/2016, 2/15/2017, 2/15/2018
The CCE STEM program funds research to identify efficacious factors in the formation of ethical STEM researchers at all levels, including students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty, employing a variety of means beyond conventional classroom instruction. This program is distinguished from its predecessor, the Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) program, which focused on graduate education. Projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes responsible or irresponsible, just or unjust scientific practices and sociotechnical systems, and how to best instill students with this knowledge.
NIEHS Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01)

one application per school or college within a university

CALmessages notice
1/5/2015

Send campus applications to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu by 5:00 pm on January 5, 2015. Campus applications should be sent as a single PDF file that includes: Limited Submission Cover Sheet; Project description (3-5 pages), addressing the relevant review criteria outlined in the full solicitation; Summary budget (1 page); and Curriculum vitae or biosketch (2 pages).
2/20/2015

2/27/2015

1/27/2015 for letter of intent (not required)

The 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. To be eligible, applicants must be ESIs as defined by NIH. Applicants must also have faculty appointments which are tenure track or equivalent and have demonstrated outstanding abilities in basic, clinical or population-based research.
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.