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Limited Competitions

Current Limited Competitions

Limited Competition Instructions

Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

URI Internal Deadline:
March 13, 2015

Dreyfus Nomination Deadline: May 18, 2015

NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

URI Internal Deadline:
February 24, 2015

NSF Full Proposal Deadline: May 6, 2015

Agilent Technologies — Agilent Early Career Professor Award 2015

URI Internal Deadline: February 20, 2015

Agilent Nomination Deadline: April 24, 2015

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Systems and Best Practices

URI Internal Deadline:
January 13, 2015

Letters of Inquiry (LOI): January 20. 2015

Full Proposal (by Invitation) Deadline: March 30, 2015

NSF Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP) Program

URI Internal Deadline:
December 15, 2014

NSF Full Proposal Deadline: March 2, 2015

NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

URI Internal Deadline: August 15, 2014

NSF Preliminary Proposal (required) Deadline: October 21, 2014

NSF Full Proposal (by invitation only) Deadline: May 15, 2015


A limited competition is a grant program in which the sponsor restricts the number of applications that can come from a single institution. It is the institution’s responsibility to ensure that it does not exceed the permitted number of applications.

To that end, the Office of Research Development watches Grants.gov and other sources for announcements of limited competitions. When we identify one, we post a notice to RESRCH-L, the listserv maintained by the Division of Research and Economic Development. We also post it to a running list of limited competitions that we keep on our website.

The notice contains brief information about the grant program and includes a deadline by which investigators who want to apply must notify the Office of Research Development of their interest. Investigators usually have a week to decide whether they want to pursue an opportunity.

If the number of investigators wishing to apply to a program does not exceed the number of applications the university is permitted to submit, all can go forward with their proposals. The Office of Research Development will notify those who expressed interest that they can begin to prepare full proposals.

If the number of investigators wishing to apply to a program exceeds the number of applications the university is permitted to submit, the office conducts an internal selection process. Investigators who want to apply are asked to prepare a one- to two-page preproposal. These preproposals are reviewed by an ad hoc subcommittee of the Council for Research. The council examines the program review criteria and selects the applications it believes best meet those criteria.

The Office of Research Development then informs investigators of the council’s decision. Those selected can begin preparing a full proposal at that time.

Please note that the list of limited competitions compiled by the Office of Research Development is not exhaustive. Anyone who wants to apply to a limited competition not posted on the list should contact the Office of Research Development so it can post the opportunity and conduct this process.



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