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Limited Submission programs are those in which the number of submissions per institution is limited by the sponsor.

When the number of interested applicants exceeds the number allowed by the sponsor, the University uses an internal selection process to determine which proposals will be submitted.

Announcements of internal deadlines by Research Development will be made through e-mails to faculty and program directors, on the opportunity listing in Pivot, and on the ORA website through the limited submissionslist. The limited submissions list is being updated please call Stefanie Picard to inquire.

If you find a limited submission opportunity that is not included in this list and you would like to apply, please forward the opportunity link to Stefanie Picard.

Limited Submissions

A preliminary round may be needed to determine which PIs submit to these limited opportunities. Please make early contact with Stefanie Picard in the Office of Research Development if you are considering applying.

Ongoing Opportunities  

If more than the allowed number of Principal Investigators express interest in a given program, each will be asked to submit a pre-proposal for internal review. Pre-proposals may be required even if the agency deadline is for a Letter of Intent rather than a full proposal, so PIs should be sure to register interest by the internal deadline. 

A pre-proposal should include at a minimum:

  • an abstract (maximum of 3 pages) describing the project and how it meets the program goals
  • the impact on education and research at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • an estimated budget and justification, including any planned match or institutional commitment

The Office of the Provost will review the pre-proposals. Proposals to be submitted will be selected based on the impact on the University's science and educational goals, as well as responsiveness to the evaluation criteria established by the sponsor. 

Anticipated Internal DeadlineAward ProgramDiscipline/ Subject AreaAnticipated Sponsor DeadlineAdministrator Internal Selection
  Drive for a Better Environment (DFBE) Grants Program Agency: MET Energy and Environment, Marine Animal Conservation and Aquatic Ecosystems No New RFP for 2020 Research & Economic Development
9/1/2020 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends Humanites 9/23/2020 Research & Economic Developemnt
10/15/2020  Advanced Computing Systems & Services: Adapting to the Rapid Evolution of Science and Engineering Research Agency: NSF Computer & Information Science & Engineering Advanced Cyberinfrastructure 12/3/2020 Research & Economic Development
10/15/2020 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate education training

LOI: 12/06/2020
Full Proposal: 02/06/2021

Research & Economic Development
10/15/2020 The Island Foundation Science, Environment, Education



For inquires please contact Ben Jones, Advancement Office
10/15/2020 Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I (STTR) Agency: NSF Science and Technology 12/3/2020 Research & Economic Development
11/30/2020 NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) Agency: NSF Instrument Acquisition or Development 1/19/2021  Research & Economic Development
11/30/2020 Partners for Innovation (PFI) Agency: NSF Science and Engineering 1/13/2021  Research & Economic Development
11/30/2020 Advanced Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Agency: NSF Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) 1/12/2021 Research & Economic Development
12/15/2020 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award Program Chemical Sciences (e.g. biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering) 02/04/2021 Research & Economic Development
12/30/2020 Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) Agency: NSF Science and Engineering 2/22/2021 Research & Economic Development
12/30/2020 "Art Works" Grant Agency: National Endowment for the Arts  Art Education, Performing arts, Design, Traditional Literature, Media Music, Musical Theater, Visual Arts 2/22/2021
Anticipated date
No new date yet announced
Research & Economic Development
Anticipated Internal
Award Program 

Subject Area

Anticipated Sponsor

Internal Selection 
1/15/2021 Island Foundation 

Science, technology Environment

3/1/2021 For additional information please contact Ben Jones 
1/15/2021 Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I (STTR)     Agency: NSF  Science and Technology


No new dates for 2021 Released yet. 

5PM submitters local time 

Office of Associate Provost for Research & Economic Development 

Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Agency: NSF

 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 

3/30/2021 Office of Associate Provost for Research & Economic Development

Keck Science & Engineering Research Program  Agency: W. M Keck Foundation 

Science, Engineering and Medical Research


Phase I Application Deadline

For additional information please contact Ben Jones 
4/1/2021 Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I (STTR)     Agency: NSF  Science and Technology NO new deadline for 2021 

5PM submitters local time 

Office of Associate Provost for Research & Economic Development 
4/1/2021 Grants for Art Projects     Agency: National Endowment for the Arts

Art Communities, Art Education,
performing arts, Design, Folk/Traditional Literature, Local Art Agencies,
Media Arts, Museums


NO New deadline for 2021

11:59 pm EST

Office of Associate Provost for Research & Economic Development

Partnership for Innovation            Agency: National Science Foundation 

All Science and Technology disciplines 

7/14/2021 due by 5pm submitter's local time 

Office of Associate Provost for Research & Economic Development  

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