Current Internal Deadlines

Increasingly funding sources are including in their program announcements limits on the number of applications an organization can submit to the program. For current programs ORSP has identified as having organizational limits, an Internal Deadline has been established in the event that an internal competition to select applicants is necessary. This listing is not all-inclusive. If you are aware of new announcements that include organizational limits, please notify Beverly Page, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, 532-5045,, so that an announcement with an internal deadline can be included in the Funding Bulletin and included on this list.

Calendar months link to internal deadlines, not actual program deadlines. Please consult the listings on a regular basis since they are updated as new information becomes available.

Limited Submission - 2013

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1-9 EPA/NSF Networks for Characterizing Chemical Life Cycle (NCCLCs) (NSF)

This solicitation is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Chemistry (CHE) to encourage synergy and enhance cooperation in examining the life cycles of synthetic chemicals and materials as they relate to their manufacture, use, transport, and disposal or recycle. The Networks for Characterizing Chemical Life Cycle (NCCLCs) will promote development of trans-disciplinary, systems- and molecular-level understanding of the life cycle of important (relevant) synthetic chemicals and materials (including nanomaterials) as these distribute and are potentially altered through use in society and interaction with the built and natural environments. Education, workforce development, and the translation or transfer of basic research results into social or economic benefits are critical aspects of NCCLC projects. It is expected that research teams in the NCCLC awarded under this solicitation will coordinate / communicate with the funded research networks from the EPA/NSF Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis (NSMDS) solicitation. Only one proposal may be submitted from an eligible entity. NSF 13-524

Deadline: Internal 1/31/2013; Proposals 3/18/2013

1-10 EPA/NSF Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis (NSMDS) (NSF)

This solicitation is jointly sponsored between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Divisions of Chemistry and Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) to encourage synergistic research activities and to enhance cooperation among the chemical sciences, materials research, geosciences, engineering, and biomedical and public health communities. The agencies jointly issue the solicitation, but will separately fund awards for Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis (NSMDS). Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis are groups of two or more researchers working in trans-disciplinary fields to promote the development of safe and sustainable chemicals as well as safe and sustainable synthetic procedures. Advances resulting from these Networks are expected to result in chemicals that are safer and more sustainable throughout their life cycle and thus, the replacement of rare, toxic, and expensive chemicals with earth abundant, benign, and renewable alternatives is anticipated. Education, workforce development, and the translation or transfer of basic research results into social or economic benefits are critical aspects of NSMDS projects. It is expected that research teams in the NSMDS awarded under this solicitation will coordinate / communicate with the funded research networks from the EPA/NSF Networks for Characterizing Chemical Life Cycle (NCCLC) solicitation. Only one proposal may be submitted from an eligible entity. NSF 13-523

Deadline: Internal 1/31/2013; Proposals 3/18/2013


2-1 Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) (NSF)

The Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) program funds research and educational projects that improve ethics education in all fields of science and engineering that NSF supports, with priority consideration given to interdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and international contexts. Although the primary focus is on improving ethics education for graduate students in NSF-funded fields, the proposed programs may benefit advanced undergraduates as well. NSF 11-514

Deadline: Internal 2/2/2013; Proposals 3/1/2013

2-7 Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (R25) (NIH)

The purpose of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program is to develop the pool of a diverse group of highly trained undergraduate and graduate students who go on to research careers and will be available to participate in NIH-funded research. The program provides institutional grants to research-intensive institutions that propose well-integrated developmental activities designed to increase students' academic preparation and skills that are critical to the completion of the Ph.D. degree in biomedical and behavioral sciences. Only one application per institution is allowed. PAR-13-082 (NIHG 1/11/13)

Deadline: Internal 2/4/2013; Applications 3/14/2013

2-8 Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) (R25) (NIH)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), encourages Research Education Grant (R25) applications from institutions that propose to develop recent baccalaureate science graduates from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences so that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue PhD or MD-PhD degrees in these fields. The program provides support for well-designed academic enhancements and extensive research experiences aimed at preparing individuals from diverse backgrounds to complete PhD or MD-PhD degree programs in these disciplines. Only one application per institution is allowed. PAR-13-085 (NIHG 1/11/16)

Deadline: Internal 2/4/2013; Applications 3/14/2013

1-7 High Performance Computing System Acquisition: Building a More Inclusive Computing Environment for Science and Engineering (NSF)

The NSF's vision for Advanced Computing Infrastructure (ACI), which is part of its Cyberinfrastructure for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21), focuses specifically on ensuring that the science and engineering community has ready access to the advanced computational and data-driven capabilities required to tackle the most complex problems and issues facing today's scientific and educational communities. To accomplish these goals requires advanced computational capabilities within the context of a multilevel comprehensive and innovative infrastructure that benefits all fields of science and engineering. The current solicitation requests innovative proposal of two types: The first is intended to complement previous NSF investments in advanced computational infrastructure. Consistent with the ACI Strategic Plan, the current solicitation is focused on expanding the use of high end resources to a much larger and more diverse community. The second type is devoted to the increasing pressure on the existing infrastructure to store and process very large amounts of data coming from simulation and from experimental resources such as telescopes, genome data banks or sensors. An organization may submit only one proposal but may be a sub-awardee on other proposals responding to this solicitation. NSF 13-528

Deadline: Internal 2/15/2013; Proposals 4/15/2013

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8-10 Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering (NSF)

This solicitation aims at introducing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology through a variety of interdisciplinary approaches into undergraduate engineering education. The focus of the FY 2013 competition is on nanoscale engineering education with relevance to devices and systems and/or on the societal, ethical, economic and/or environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology. Only one proposal may be submitted by a US academic institution, College/Department of Engineering or College/Department of Engineering Technology as the lead institution with the following exception: A US academic institution may submit a second proposal as the lead institution, only if it is focused on the societal, ethical, economic and/or environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology. NSF 13-541

Deadline: Internal 3/22/2013; Proposals 5/22/2013

10-3 Planning Grants for the NIH National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) (P20) (NIH)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage organizations with experience in the mentorship of individuals underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce to submit planning grant applications for the NIH National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). The NRMN will establish a nationwide consortium to provide networking and mentorship experiences for individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research from the undergraduate to junior faculty level. Planning grant applications must propose a plan to develop the partnerships and infrastructure needed to be competitive for the NRMN initiative. Only one application per institution is allowed. RFA-RM-13-002

Deadline: Internal 3/25/2013; Letters of Intent 4/10/2013; Applications 5/10/2013

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    9-6 Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) (NSF)

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a third year of a program on collaborative research and education in the area of scalable nanomanufacturing, including the long-term societal implications of the large-scale implementation of nanomanufacturing innovations. Although many nanofabrication techniques have demonstrated the ability to fabricate small quantities of nanomaterials and devices for characterization and evaluation purposes, the emphasis of this program is on research to overcome the key impediments that prevent the low cost production of useful nanomaterials, devices and systems at industrially relevant scale. Therefore, competitive proposals will incorporate three elements in their research plans: A persuasive argument that the nanomaterials, devices or systems to be produced have or are likely to have sufficient demand to justify eventual scale-up; A clearly identified and arguably complete set of research issues that must be addressed to enable the low cost production of high quality products; and A compelling research plan with clear objectives to overcome the identified research issues that is supported by preliminary results relevant to scale-up. The mode of support is Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT). An academic institution - a university, or a campus in a multi-campus university -- may submit no more than one (1) proposal on which it is the lead organization in response to this solicitation. NSF 13-545

    Deadline: Internal 4/3/2013; Proposals 6/3/2013


    16-1 Widening Implementation & Demonstration of Evidence-Based Reforms (WIDER) (NSF)

    The announcement of the WIDER program in the April 12 Bulletin (FB 14-1) failed to include an internal deadline for limited submission areas of this program. An organization may submit only one Planning or one Institutional Implementation proposal for a given deadline. There are no restrictions on the number of Community Implementation or Research proposals an organization or an individual may submit. Please email Dr. Guikema ( if you wish to apply to one of the limited submission areas.

    Deadline: Internal 5/6/2013; Preliminary Proposals 7/3/2013

    13-1 William T. Grant Scholars Program (Grant)

    The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports promising early-career researchers from diverse disciplines, who have demonstrated success in conducting high quality research and are seeking to further develop and broaden their expertise. Candidates are nominated by a supporting institution and must submit five- year research plans that demonstrate creativity, intellectual rigor, and a commitment to continued professional development. Proposed research plans must fit the Foundation's research interests. They currently support research to understand and improve the everyday settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States. Specifically, they fund studies that enhance understanding of: How youth settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved; and When, how, and under what conditions research evidence is used in policy and practice that affect youth, and how its use can be improved. Applicants must have received their terminal degree within seven years of submitting their application and must be employed in career-ladder positions. Applicants must be nominated by their institutions. Major divisions (e.g., College of Arts and Sciences, Medical School) of an institution may nominate only one applicant each year. (TGA 4/13)

    Deadline: Internal 5/8/2013; Nominations 7/8/2013

    17-10 International Visitor Leadership Program Assistance Award (DOS)

    The Office of International Visitors, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA/PE/V), United States Department of State (DOS), announces an open competition for up to six assistance awards to administer the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The IVLP is the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange program. Launched in 1940, the IVLP is a professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. These visits reflect the International Visitors' professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States. Applicants may submit only one proposal under this competition. ECA-PE-V-14-05-OY-B (GG 4/30/13)

    Deadline: Internal 5/10/2013; Applications 6/7/2013

    15-6 Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) (NSF)

    The Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) Program provides funds: 1) for improvements to secure, improve, and organize collections that are significant to the NSF BIO-funded research community; 2) to secure collections-related data for sustained, accurate, and efficient accessibility of the collection to the biological research community; and 3) to transfer collection ownership responsibilities. The CSBR program provides for enhancements that secure and improve existing collections, result in accessible digitized specimen-related data, and develop better methods for specimen curation and collection management. Requests should demonstrate a clear and urgent need to secure the collection, and the proposed activities should address that need. Biological collections supported include established living stock/culture collections, vouchered non-living natural history collections, and jointly-curated ancillary collections such as preserved tissues and DNA libraries. Only three submissions per organization are allowed. NSF 13-557

    Deadline: Internal 5/16/2013; Proposals 7/16/2013


    18-9 Developing and Improving Institutional Animal Resources (G20) (NIH)

    This FOA encourages applications from biomedical research institutions that propose to renovate, repair, or improve individual animal resources. The major objective of this program is to upgrade animal facilities to support the conduct of biomedical and/or behavioral research. Support can be requested to alter and renovate (A&R) the animal facilities, as well as to improve the animal care equipment in the facility. It is expected that all award funds will be expended expeditiously and that applicants will consider the use of sustainable design technologies and design approaches. Only one application is allowed per institution. PAR-13-219 (NIHG 5/3/13)

    Deadline: Internal 6/2/2013, 6/1/14, Applications 8/2/2013, 8/1/2014

    16-8 Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC) (NSF)

    The Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC) program supports university-based centers and institutes where the collective efforts of a larger group of individuals can enable transformational advances in the most promising research areas. The program is designed to foster major breakthroughs at the intellectual frontiers of physics by providing needed resources such as combinations of talents, skills, disciplines, and/or specialized infrastructure, not usually available to individual investigators or small groups, in an environment in which the collective efforts of the larger group can be shown to be seminal to promoting significant progress in the science and the education of students. Activities supported through the program are in all sub-fields of physics within the purview of the Division of Physics: atomic, molecular, optical, plasma, elementary particle, nuclear, astro-, gravitational, and biological physics. Interdisciplinary projects at the interface between these physics areas and other disciplines and physics sub-fields are also included, although the bulk of the effort should fall within one of those areas within the purview of the Physics Division. No more than two preliminary proposals may be submitted by any one institution. NSF 13-559

    Deadline: Internal 6/5/2013; Preliminary Proposals 8/5/2013

    44-5 NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) (NSF)

    This program makes grants to institutions of higher education to support scholarships for academically talented students demonstrating financial need, enabling them to enter the STEM workforce or STEM graduate school following completion of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate-level degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines. Grantee institutions are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, reporting demographic information about student scholars, and managing the S-STEM project at the institution. The program does not make scholarship awards directly to students; students should contact their institution's Office of Financial Aid for this and other scholarship opportunities. An Institution may submit one proposal from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an eligible field. NSF 12-529

    Deadline: Internal 6/13/2013; Proposals 8/13/2013

    17-5 Pathway to Stop Diabetes Research Awards (ADA)

    To accelerate the research needed to discover solutions to and ultimately end the deadly diabetes epidemic, the Association has launched Pathway to Stop Diabetes. With a goal of funding 100 new diabetes investigators over the next decade, Pathway will support creative scientists who are just starting their careers in diabetes research, or are already established in another field but want to expand their focus to diabetes research. Through individual awards of up to $1.625 million, Pathway will provide researchers with the freedom and autonomy to pursue innovative ideas and transformational approaches. Pathway seeks exceptional nominees from a broad range of disciplines, including medicine, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, and mathematics. The association encourages nomination of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including minorities that are underrepresented in research. An applicant must be nominated by his/her institution prior to submitting an application. Institutions may nominate a maximum of one investigator per grant cycle. The nomination can be in either of the Pathway award types: Diabetes Research Career Initiator or Diabetes Research Accelerator.

    Deadline: Internal 6/16/2013; Applications 8/16/2013


    15-2 Online Resource Center for Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (ORCEESE) (NSF)

    The program will fund one five-year award (2014-2018) to collect and curate multi-media materials (including research findings, pedagogical materials, and promising practices) for an online, state-of-the-art resource center that will support efforts by scientists and engineers to incorporate ethical issues and reasoning into their pedagogy and research. The online resource center should be creative, comprehensive, accessible, and evolving. The team will incorporate strategies and techniques to keep the Ethics Online Resource Center relevant and up to date. Only one proposal per institutions allowed. NSF 13-558

    Deadline: Internal 6/17/2013; Proposals 8/7/2013

    15-3 Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (NSF)

    Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) provide sustained support of interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering. MRSECs address research of a scope and complexity requiring the scale, synergy, and interdisciplinary provided by a campus-based research center. They support materials research infrastructure in the United States, promote active collaboration between universities and other sectors, including industry and international institutions, and contribute to the development of a national network of university-based centers in materials research, education, and facilities. A MRSEC may be located at a single institution, or may involve multiple institutions in partnership.Only one MRSEC preliminary proposal may be submitted by any one organization as the lead organization in this competition. An organization proposing research in several groups should submit a single MRSEC proposal with multiple Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs). A MRSEC proposal must contain a minimum of 2 IRGs and a maximum of 5 IRGs. NSF 13-556

    Deadline: Internal 6/26/2013; Preliminary Proposals 8/26/2013; Proposals 1/10/2014



    26-4 Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) (NSF)

    This program seeks to enhance and expand the national resource of digital data documenting existing vouchered biological and paleontological collections and to advance scientific knowledge by improving access to digitized information (including images) residing in vouchered scientific collections across the United States. The information associated with various collections of organisms, such as geographic, paleogeographic and stratigraphic distribution, environmental habitat data, phenology, information about associated organisms, collector field notes, and tissues and molecular data extracted from the specimens, is a rich resource providing the baseline from which to further biodiversity research and provide critical information about existing gaps in our knowledge of life on earth. The national resource is structured at three levels: a central coordinating organization, a series of thematic networks based on an important research theme, and the physical collections. The national resource builds upon a sizable existing national investment in curation of the physical objects in scientific collections and contributes vitally to scientific research and technology interests in the United States. It will become an invaluable tool in understanding contemporary biological issues and challenges. Only one Thematic Collections Networks (TCN) proposal may be submitted by any one organization as the lead organization. Organizations may be involved in more than one collaborative effort as a non-lead proposal. NSF 13-569

    Deadline: Internal 8/18/2013; Proposals 10/18/2013


    26-6 Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (BWF)

    Five-year awards provide $500,000 to support accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters. The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry and higher-risk research projects that hold potential for significantly advancing the biochemical, pharmacological, immunological, and molecular biological understanding of how microbes and the human body interact. A U.S. or Canadian institution--including its medical school, graduate schools, and all affiliated hospitals and research institutes--may nominate up to two candidates. To encourage applications from veterinarians, institutions that nominate a researcher who holds the D.V.M. will be allowed three nominations. Institutions may have a single additional nomination if they nominate a researcher working in pathogenic helminths, mycology, or reproductive science.

    Deadline: Internal 9/1/2013; Nominations 11/1/2013

    29-5 Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (NSF)

    The Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) program supports academe-industry partnerships, which are led by an interdisciplinary academic research team with a least one industry partner, to collaborate in building technological and human innovation capacity. This innovation capacity is intended to endure beyond the initial award. Partnerships that build the capacity to innovate are expected to be effective at innovating and able to continue to innovate. They are highly intentional about creating an environment that fosters innovation. These partnerships not only develop new technology but also foster the development of human capital that embraces a culture of change, nurtures the generation of new ideas, and considers feedback an integral part of the innovation processes. The PFI:BIC partnership team should focus on technological innovations with potential for significant economic/societal impact. The team collaborates on research, focusing on novel applications motivated by existing research discoveries and based on a platform technology with the potential to achieve transformational change in existing service systems or to spur entirely new service systems. To attain this goal, these partnerships, which inherently require interdisciplinary research, must address what is needed to advance this technology so as to enable a smart service system or systems to enter into the commercialization process, succeed in the marketplace, and achieve positive economic, social, and environmental outcomes. Such advancement involves not only engineering, computer science, and other fields of science, but also an understanding of the potential interaction of the technology with customers and the broader public affected by the technology, the socio-technical system. A full understanding of the socio-technical system will require interdisciplinary teams that include social, behavior, and/or cognitive sciences. Finally, the team should demonstrate an understanding of potential commercial applications and markets, which should contribute to guiding the project activities. Academic institutions are limited to participation on two (2) proposals as a lead institution. NSF 13-587

    Deadline: Internal 9/18/2013; Letters of Intent 11/18/2013; Proposals 1/27/2014


    29-3 NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5) (NIH)

    The NIH Director's Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career. Only two applications per institution are allowed. RFA-RM-13-009 (NIHG 8/16/13)

    Deadline: Internal 10/31/2013; Letters of Intent 12/31/2013; Applications 1/31/2014