Office of Research, UC Riverside
Research Development

Limited Submissions


In Limited Submission programs, the sponsor restricts the number of applications or proposals a campus may submit. Sometimes known simply as "Limiteds," these types of competitions require institutions to screen internal proposals or nominations and select only the most competitive to go forward.

When considering an agency request for proposals (RFP), a PI should review the instructions for any limitations, typically noted under "eligibility." Certain agencies have harsh consequences for institutions submitting more than their limit, e.g., none of the submissions is reviewed. Although the Research and Economic Development Office attempts to identify limited submissions, if you find a limited submission not listed here, please email

The deadline for internal proposals is 4PM unless otherwise indicated.

How to Submit an internal proposal for a Limited Submission*

1.Fill out a UCR Internal Preproposal Application Form.

2.Append to the form all requested items (narrative, budget, etc.) to create a single PDF attachment.

3.Send the completed form to

4.If you previously applied to the agency for this funding opportunity, were not successful, and are revising the submission, please provide a copy of the agency reviews with the internal proposal and indicate how you plan to address any deficiencies identified by the reviewers.

The internal application form requests specific information to be appended. Please include:

  • Narrative: Please summarize project Specific Aims/Intellectual Merit/Goals and agency priorities, e.g. outreach, evaluation, organizational structure.   This allows internal reviewers to evaluate how well the proposal will meet the agency's award criteria.
  • One-page summary budget.  Only a rough budget is needed.
  • CV/biosketch for each investigator listed above (2 page max. each). This allows internal reviewers to assess the qualifications of the investigators.
  • Any agency reviews of prior submissions.   Explain how you will address any perceived weaknesses stated in the reviews.
  • PI/Co-PI funding histories with agency:   This is required for center grants (e.g., grants with more than two PIs), education and outreach grants, and equipment grants.  Include a separate list of active agency-funded projects, which are generally expected by agencies making these larger awards to groups of faculty with ongoing awards. This list is not needed for fellowships or foundation grants.

* If total award is under $250,000, complete only the cover sheet and attach a one-page narrative on the project idea, how it aligns with the RFP, and roles of investigators.

Active Limited Submissions
11/21/2019 NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI)NSF 1/19/2020
11/7/2019 Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP)NSF 12/19/2019
11/4/2019 Critical-Zone Collaborative NetworkNSF 12/2/2019
10/25/2019 2020 Moore Inventor FellowsGordon and Betty Moore Foundation 12/13/2019
10/22/2019 Specialized Centers of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities ResearchNIH 11/22/2019
10/14/2019 ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE)NSF 1/15/2020
10/1/2019 NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) NSFNSF 2/6/2020
9/1/2019 Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer ScienceSimons Foundation 10/31/2019
8/20/2019 Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)NSF 11/6/2019
8/13/2019 ACM Doctoral Dissertation AwardAssociation for Computing Machinery 10/31/2019
7/8/2019 W.M. Keck Foundation Pre-proposal InformationKeck Foundation
5/6/2019 100&Change – The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur FoundationMacArthur Foundation
1/4/2019 Riverside Public Utilities - Water Innovation GrantRiverside Public Utilities
1/4/2019 Riverside Public Utilities - Energy Innovation GrantRiverside Public Utilities