Limited Submissions

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 SPA 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
NB 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.

Now open:
NEH Summer Stipends. Proposals due September 26, 2018.
$6,000 stipend for Humanities projects.
Limited to 2 submissions per institution. 
Please submit concept paper by June 30, 2018 throught the Research Development Grant portal.

NSF Major Research Implementation Program (MRI)
- Internal Deadline: 1/15/2019
Note cost share requirements.
Limited to two submissions for acquisition plus an additional one for instrument development. 

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. 

Internal Deadline



Sponsor Deadline

 # applications allowed


Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM

National Science Foundation


1 as lead

8/31/2017 & 2/28/2018

Keck Science and Engineering Research Program

Keck Foundation, W. M.

Phase 1

Full Proposal: 5/1/2018

1 per cycle per topic area via Ben Jones in Advancement



National Endowment for the Arts


1 for 2017


Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards, Camille

Dreyfus Foundation, Camille and Henry



Waiting for RFP

PIRE: Partnerships for International Research and Education: Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability

National Science Foundation

anticipated Fall 2017

3 preliminary proposals


Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards, Henry

Dreyfus Foundation, Camille and Henry

May 2018



S-STEM: Scholarships in Science Technology, Enineering and Mathematics

National Science Foundation


1 per School/College


Best Buy Community Grants

Best Buy Children's Foundation

May 2018

Contact Ben Jones in Advancement


Summer Stipends

National Endowment for the Humanities




Massachusetts Environmental Trust Water Resource Grants

MA Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs

LOI 11/1/2017 Full Proposal: March 2018



MRI: Major Research Instrumentation

National Science Foundation

11/1/2017 Full: 3/2018

2 acquisition & 1 developmen


National Science Foundation Research Traineeship

National Science Foundation

LOI 12/9/2017


two months prior to submission date

Island Foundation Grant Priorities

Island Foundation

Quarterly 3/1, 6/1, 9/1 & 12/1

Contact Ben Jones in Advancement

by invitation only

Searle Scholars Program

Kinship Foundation


1 for UMass System approved by Pres. Office

2 months before  submission

Walmart State Giving Program

Walmart Foundation

4 rounds per year (JANUARY 2017)

Contact Ben Jones in Advancement