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

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, the list below is not exhaustive. If a researcher should identify a limited submission that does not appear below, please forward the program information as soon as possible to ltdsubs@berkeley.edu.


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.

If you have any questions about the internal campus review process, please contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at 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. Proposals must be submitted to SPO in accordance with the VCR four day proposal submission policy.


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 Agency Deadline (see VCR 5-day proposal submission policy) Program Synopsis
NSF Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences
10/23/2019

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
12/19/2019 for preliminary proposals

5/6/2020 for proposals
Supports astronomical projects, facilities, and other activities within a cost range up to $30 million.
DOE Energy Frontier Research Centers
12/2/2019, 12/9/2019

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
1/16/2020 for preapplications

4/7/2020 4/21/2020 for applications
Supports integrated, multi-disciplinary teams performing fundamental science in: environmental management, quantum information science, microelectronics, and polymer upcycling.
Keck Foundation Grants in Medical Research and Science and Engineering
12/2/2019

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
5/1/2020 for Phase I

8/17/2020 for Phase II
Keck allows institutions to submit one Phase I proposal in Medical Research and one in Science and Engineering per grant cycle.
NEA Grants for Arts and Challenge America
1/8/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
2/13/2020, 4/9/2020
NEA is soliciting applications for the Grants for Arts and Challenge America grant programs.
Ono Pharma Breakthrough Science Initiative Awards Program
1/13/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
2/20/2020 for LOIs

5/14/2020 for proposals
UC Berkeley has been invited to nominate candidates for the program for research that deals with the interface between chemistry and biology.
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)
2/3/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
3/25/2020 4/22/2020
Addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in STEM disciplines supported by NSF and for the increased success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing degrees in STEM.
State Department Funding Opportunities
2/4/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
3/31/2020
U.S. Embassy Lebanon PAS Grants Annual Program Statement
6/15/2020
U.S. Embassy Moscow Public Affairs Section FY 2020 Annual Program Statement
7/20/2020
U.S. Embassy Brussels PAS Annual Program Statement
7/31/2020
U.S. Embassy Budapest, PAS Annual Program Statement
7/31/2020
U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe PAS Annual Program Statement
7/31/2020
U.S. Embassy Cairo PAS Annual Program Statement
8/30/2020
Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program
8/30/2020
U.S. Embassy Lebanon PAS Small Grants Annual Program Statement
9/1/2020
Venezuela Affairs Unit, PAS Annual Program Statement
Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering
2/4/2020, 2/10/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
3/16/2020 for nominations

4/20/2020 for applications
Invests in future leaders who have the freedom to take risks, explore new frontiers in their fields of study, and follow uncharted paths that may lead to groundbreaking discoveries.
FFAR New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award
2/13/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
3/4/2020 for nominations

5/6/2020 for applications
Supports faculty in within the first three years of their careers whose research has the potential to address major challenges facing food and agriculture.
DOE Research to Enable Fuels From Sunlight
3/2/2020, 3/13/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
4/5/2020 for LOIs

5/27/2020 for application
Supports projects to advance fundamental knowledge for solar fuels production via artificial photosynthesis approaches.
State Department Internet Freedom: Advancing and Promoting Peer-to-Peer Communications Technologies
3/6/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
4/10/2020
Supports a multi-year program to develop, deploy, and promote a peer-to-peer network communication system.
Breast Cancer Alliance Exceptional Project Grants
3/12/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
3/24/2020 for preapplication

7/24/2020 for application
BCA invites research scientists at any stage of their careers whose primary focus is breast cancer to apply.
HRSA Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation
3/13/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
4/24/2020
Applicants are required to form a broad, multi-sectoral consortia of four or more entities.
Sloan Foundation Call for New Program Areas
3/16/2020 3/23/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
4/15/2020
Seeking ideas for new program areas to either start a new field of science or make an important advance in an existing area in the physical and/or life sciences.
NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program (S10),High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program (S10), and Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program (S10)
3/16/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
6/1/2020
The programs provide funds to purchase or upgrade expensive, specialized, state-of-the-art, commercially available instruments that can only be justified on a shared use basis and that are needed for NIH-supported projects in biomedical/behavioral research.
Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminars Program
3/17/2020 4/7/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
5/4/2020
Supports comparative research on historical and contemporary topics of major scholarly significance.
State Department Evaluation Innovation Fund Opportunities
3/18/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
4/28/2020
DRL Evaluation Innovation Fund – Community-Defined Impact
4/29/2020
DRL Evaluation Innovation Fund – Evidence and Learning Platform
Justice Department Strategies To Support Children Exposed to Violence
3/19/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
4/27/2020
Support services for children exposed to violence, and violent crime reduction strategies.
CDC National Center of Excellence for the Prevention of Childhood Agricultural Injury
3/20/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
4/24/2020
The Center serves as a national leader in the prevention of agricultural-related youth morbidity and mortality.
State Department DRL Understanding Factors and Conditions for Democracy and Rights Organizations
3/24/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
4/28/2020
Supports projects on assessing the factors and conditions needed for pro-democracy, human rights, or labor rights organizations to effect positive change.
Justice Department Opioid Affected Youth Initiative
3/25/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
4/20/2020
The goal is to provide programs and services to youth and families impacted by opioid addiction.
NIGMS Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1)
3/25/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
5/27/2020
Supports deeply integrated, multidisciplinary research teams of three to six PIs.
EPA Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program
3/30/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
4/30/2020
Accepting applications f to reduce or eliminate pollutants from entering the environment prior to recycling, treatment, or disposal.
State Department Building Resilience in Refugee Children
3/31/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
5/4/2020
Accepting proposals that support early childhood development in refugee children
DOE Measurement Innovations for Fusion Energy and Plasmas
4/1/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
3/20/2020 for preapplications

5/6/2020 for applications
Supports development of diagnostic techniques and their application to new, unexplored, or unfamiliar plasma regimes or scenarios.
DOE Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing Institutes
4/2/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
4/14/2020 for LOI

5/12/2020 for application
Accepting applications from large multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional teams.
NIH Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25)
4/2/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
5/28/2020
Accepting applications to enhance biomedical engineering design education.
1907 Trailblazer Award
4/6/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
4/30/2020 for selections

5/31/2020 for applications
The award encourages high-impact, step-change approaches to research in the brain and mind sciences for mental health.
NEH Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants
4/6/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
5/15/2020
UC Berkeley may submit only one application (either Capital Projects or Digital Infrastructure).
Pew Biomedical Scholars
4/16/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
5/18/2020 for nomination

9/10/2020 for application
Provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health.
NIGMS Maximizing Access to Research Careers (T34)
4/19/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
5/21/2020
Supports effective, evidence-based approaches to biomedical training and mentoring that will keep pace with the rapid evolution of the research enterprise.
DOD STEM Educational Outreach Program
4/20/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
5/18/2020
Applicants will engage and improve Grades K-12 Plus STEM skills through outreach programs and support services on a national level.
CDC Reducing the Burden of Parasitic Infections in the U.S.
4/22/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
5/26/2020
Supports evidence-based prevention and control activities that reduce the burden of parasitic infections.
Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research Program
4/23/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
5/18/2020 for nomination
9/3/2020 for application
Supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of a cure for cancer.
Keck Foundation Grants in Medical Research and Science and Engineering
5/20/2020

See the CALmessages notice for campus application instructions.
11/2/2020 for Phase I

2/15/2021 for Phase II
UC Berkeley may submit up to two Phase I proposals: one in Medical Research and one in Science and Engineering.
Amgen Foundation

one LOI per department per 12-month period
not applicable

Contact the Vice Chancellor for Research Office (ltdsubs@berkeley.edu) if you are interested in submitting a letter of intent (LOI).
ongoing
The Foundation seeks to advance excellence in science education to inspire the next generation of innovators, and invest in strengthening communities where Amgen staff members live and work.
Sloan Research Fellowships

up to three nominations per department
not applicable

Coordinated at the departmental level. Contact your department chair to learn about your department’s nomination process. See the CALmessages notice.
September
Fellowships support fundamental research by early-career faculty. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or related field.
Morris Stulsaft Foundation

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

Contact the Vice Chancellor for Research Office (ltdsubs@berkeley.edu) if you are interested in submitting a proposal.
open
The Foundation is dedicated to the well-being of Bay Area children and youth in need. Grantmaking priorities include: early childhood education, participation in the arts, support services for foster care children and youth, and pathways to work.
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 at the Keck Foundation’s request. One-page concept papers are solicited twice a year and reviewed by the Council of Science and Engineering Deans. Based on review by CoSED and input from the Keck Foundation, two concepts will be selected to move forward to a Phase I application. Contact Sylvia Bierhuis (sbierhuis@berkeley.edu) for further information.
ongoing
The W.M. Keck 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.