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
2/7/2020 NSF Innovation Corps HubsNSF 4/14/2020
1/31/2020 National Quantum Information Science Research Centers Department of Energy - Office of Science Office of ScienceDepartment of Energy 4/10/2020
1/17/2020 Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program (CFDA 84.031S)Office of Postsecondary Education 2/10/2020
1/17/2020 Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program (CFDA 84.031S)Office of Postsecondary Education 2/10/2020
1/3/2020 Energy Frontier Research CentersDepartment of Energy 4/7/2020
12/6/2019 Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into the Earth, Ocean, Polar and Atmospheric & Geospace Sciences (IUSE:GEOPAths (IUSE:GEOPAths) NSF 2/14/2020
10/1/2019 NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) NSFNSF 2/6/2020
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