Limited Submissions

Limited Submissions

NOTE: While the Research Office makes every effort to list all limited submission programs on the website, programs may exist that are limited but not in our list. To search for all limited submissions, search in COS/Pivot Funding Opportunities and select "Internal Coordination Required."



Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists
Description: The Blavatnik National Awards honor America’s most innovative young faculty-rank scientists and engineers. These awards celebrate the past accomplishments and future potential of young faculty members working in three disciplinary categories of science and engineering. Every year, one nominee in each category will be named a Blavatnik Laureate and awarded $250,000 in unrestricted funds: Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists in Life Sciences Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists in Physical Sciences & Engineering Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists in Chemistry

Restrictions: Candidates for the 2018 Blavatnik National Awards must be nominated by their institutions. Each institution may submit up to three nominations, one in each disciplinary category of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. Institutional nominations must be submitted by the institution’s President (or equivalent), Provost, or their official designee. Institutions must send a brief statement to blavatnikawards@nyas.org naming the official designees as nominators before submitting nominations. Self-nominations are not allowed. Nominees do not submit their own nomination materials and should direct all questions to their institution’s official nominator.

Internal Deadline: 9/21/2017
Agency Deadline: 11/16/2017

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Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program NSF 17-585
Description: The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development andimplementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. Theprogram seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degreeprograms to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. IGE focuses on projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformativeapproaches to graduate education. IGE projects are intended to generate the knowledge required for theircustomization, implementation, and broader adoption. The program supports testing of novel models or activities withhigh potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches. The program addresses both workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacitybuilding needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmentalorganizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers,informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged.

Restrictions: 2

Internal Deadline: 9/25/2017
Agency Deadline: 10/25/2017

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NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)
Description: The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally. PLEASE NOTE the internal competition requires the PI to present the pre-proposal to the Research Council (details will follow after the internal deadline). Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use. Development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged. The MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of a shared research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. The program does not fund research projects or provide ongoing support for operating or maintaining facilities or centers. The instrument acquired or developed is expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, a proposal must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single, well-integrated instrument. The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories or facilities, or that can be used to conduct independent research activities simultaneously. Instrument acquisition or development proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million may be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 may also be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences and from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines. Cost-sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations. Non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education are exempt from cost-sharing and cannot include it. National Science Board policy is that voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

Restrictions: 3 (if three proposals are submitted, at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development (i.e. no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition)

Internal Deadline: 10/10/2017
Agency Deadline: 1/10/2018

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