Limited Submission Opportunities

Limited submission programs are those for which funding agencies restrict the number of proposals or nominations a university may submit for consideration for an award. The University of Texas at Austin, therefore, must internally screen all eligible and interested nominees to determine which will represent the University in the funding agency’s competition.

Below is a tabulated list of limited submission programs in which UT Austin currently competes. The table lists sponsor deadlines, as well as internal competition deadlines. Anticipated dates (month and year) for future deadlines are marked with an asterisk (*) and are updated as deadlines are confirmed by sponsors. 

Follow the link provided for each active limited submission opportunity to submit an application. Links are not activated unless an internal competition is currently accepting submissions. To receive email announcements whenever a new internal competition is launched, subscribe to our Limited Submission mailing list

Every effort will be made to maintain current and accurate information within this list; however, the awarding agency’s posted information remains the final authority. 

If an individual is uncertain about whether a specific opportunity falls under limited submission, check the request for proposals (RFP) or other sponsor guidelines for any mention of organizational or institutional restrictions.  


Limited Submission Process

Faculty/Principal Investigators may not submit a limited-submission application directly to a funding agency or other sponsor without official confirmation from the Office of the Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Creative Endeavors (OVPR). This confirmation is received when the PI is selected as the candidate to advance from a campus-wide internal competition for the opportunity, or when otherwise notified by the Program Administrator. Applications for limited submission opportunities submitted to the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) or the sponsor without prior confirmation by OVPR may be delayed, presuming confirmation can be obtained, or returned to the PI.


  • Any researcher or emeritus faculty eligible for PI status at UT Austin may apply to any limited submission competition, provided he or she meets the sponsor requirements for that opportunity.
  • A researcher seeking to be nominated for consecutive rounds of the same limited submission program must provide all sponsor feedback (including rankings/ratings/scores and reviewer comments) received from their previous submission(s) to the program.
  • Proposals selected to go forward from UT internal competitions that receive meritorious reviews from the funding agency, but are not funded, are encouraged to reapply to the next internal competition at UT (See Requirements for Submission to Internal Competition below). Selected proposals that receive poor reviews from the funding agency will need to demonstrate evidence of substantive revision to address the agency or its reviewers’ concerns. OVPR reserves the right to request copies of agency review decisions, rankings/ratings/scores or review panel comments as part of its assessment of revised limited submission applications.
  • Researchers who applied for a limited submission opportunity the previous year and were selected as UT’s nominee but were not funded by the agency, need to compete successfully in the internal competition again this year. Submissions should include copies of program reviews of prior submission and response to reviewers’ remarks.

Internal Competition Timeline

  • Internal competition deadlines are planned on the basis of sponsor deadlines; therefore, if a sponsor deadline changes from one year to the next, the schedule for the internal competition may change as well. For this reason, anticipated dates for future internal competitions should be considered as approximate until sponsor deadlines are confirmed.
  • Competition timelines are set to allow adequate time for internal submissions, review, and full proposal preparation. If OVPR is notified of a limited submission opportunity with insufficient time to conduct an internal competition (this may vary based on the details of a given opportunity), an internal competition may not be announced and available submission slots may be awarded on a “first to notify” basis.
  • Some programs may have additional internal deadlines for College/School/Unit-level review; check with the Unit director, department Chair or Dean’s office to ensure that deadlines at that level of review are met.
  • OVPR will use this internal submission procedure for all situations where there is a practical amount of time between receipt of the first notice from an interested faculty member and the date of the funding agency deadline.

Requirements for Submission to Internal Competition

When possible, requirements for the internal application will mirror the requirements of the funding sponsor to reduce duplication or extraneous paperwork. Depending on those requirements, internal applications may require any subset of these items:

  • Abbreviated CV or biographical sketch of the PI including previous agency experience if applicable
  • Brief (2-page maximum) project summary
  • List of collaborators on this project
  • For opportunities requiring cost share or match, a description of the mandatory institutional cost share for the project and how the cost share would be met (if known), and a letter of cognizance from Dean/Chair indicating support of the cost share or match.
  • For proposal resubmission, copies of program reviews of prior submission and response to reviewers’ remarks. For major equipment acquisition, a description of where the instrument will be housed and a plan for sustainability of equipment use.

Applicants may also be asked to submit names of faculty members with knowledge of the area of proposed research to serve as internal competition reviewers.

Application Review and Selection

The submissions are reviewed and ranked by a review committee composed of peer faculty. Names of potential reviewers are solicited from both the Associate Deans for Research and the applicants themselves. When possible, review committees are composed of faculty members from each college, school or unit represented in the applicant pool.

Review criteria are driven by the requirements of each opportunity.  In general, internal applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Likelihood of success based on program objectives and review criteria in the agency solicitation
  • Relevance to university’s or college’s strategic direction
  • Presentation of project (clear plan of action, summary of project, grammar)
  • Qualifications of investigators and collaborators
  • Investigators’ track record of successful planning and development of competitive proposals for submission to external sponsors

Feedback for authors of both successful and unsuccessful internal competition proposals may be available from the review committee. Additional resources, such as advice from key administrators and proposal development support from OVPR, may be offered for those researchers whose proposals are chosen to go forward. If the number of internal applications received is fewer than the institutional limit set by the funding agency (e.g., funding agency allows three proposals from UT, but only two proposals are submitted to the internal competition), then all submitted proposals will be allowed to go forward as long as they are meritorious and meet stated competition criteria. In cases where no internal applications are received prior to the internal competition deadline, the internal competition entry in the Limited Submissions table will show “No Applications Received” in the Nominees Selected to Advance column (login with UTEID is required to view this column). Notify the Program Administrator for more information about submitting a proposal to a competition that shows “No Applications Received.”

PI Responsibilities

After having been selected to represent The University of Texas at Austin as an internal competition nominee:

  • Candidates (i.e., proposal submitters) selected as internal competition winners must ensure they are aware of any additional requirements of the funding agency beyond the internal competition.
  • Candidates must also complete all regular internal approval processes, including submission of the final application to the sponsor via OSP. Candidates are responsible for contacting the appropriate office(s) for assistance to prepare and submit the full application.
  • If a proposal is submitted to a funding agency, but not funded, the review committee or OVPR may request feedback from the researcher (e.g., written reviews from the sponsor, ratings/rankings/scores), to help in understanding how to better select and prepare proposals for the next round of that particular internal competition.
  • If a candidate is no longer able to apply for a limited submission opportunity, he or she must notify the Program Administrator for Limited Submission & OVPR-Administered Grants immediately, to allow another colleague the chance to move forward with a submission.
  • Failure to submit a final proposal to the funding agency after being selected as an internal competition winner will be a significant factor in considering future internal competition applications from a candidate.

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