Limited Submissions

WPI’s Research Solutions Institute coordinates numerous Limited Submissions each year.

Investigators who independently identify limited submission funding opportunities cannot apply directly to the external sponsor and are requested to provide OSP with the funding opportunity information as soon as it is identified.

Please contact RSI for more information on limited submission internal competitions.

Information on all current NSF Limited Submission opportunities can be found at NSF Limited Submissions.

Limited Submission Opportunity
Number of Proposals Allowed
Sponsor Deadline
Internal Competition Deadline
NSF NRT 2 per institution (Track 1 and/or Track 2) Sep 6, 2021 July 5, 2021 Open
NSF MRI 3 per institution (2 for Track 1, 1 for Track 2) Jan 1 - 19, 2022 Oct 29, 2021 Pending
NSF ADVANCE: Partnership 1 per institution

LOI: Aug 2, 2021 

FULL: Nov 3, 2021

July 8, 2021 Open
NSF ADVANCE: Institutional Transformation 1 per institution

PRELIM: April 22, 2021

FULL: Oct 7, 2021

NSF IGE Innovative Graduate Education 2 per institution March 25, 2022 Jan 20, 2022 Pending
NIH Director's Early Independence Award (DP5) 2 per institution Early September tbd  Awaiting 2021 Solicitation

DOE Data Science to Advance Chemical and Materials Sciences


2 per institution

Pre-Application: April 14, 2021

FULL: June 8, 2021


Scholarships in STEM Network (S-STEM-Net)

2 per institution (1 for STEM-REC, 1 for STEM-Hub)

LOI: April 16, 2021

FULL: June 16, 2021

Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Ecosystem: Services & Support - Coordination Office 1 per institution June 16, 2021   tbd
Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Ecosystem: Services & Support 1 per institution June 16, 2021   tbd
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics 1 per institution (3 year wait post-award prior to new submission)  March 16, 2022   tbd
Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) 1 per institution Oct 4, 2021   tbd
NSF Innovation Corps Hubs Program 1 per institution Aug 25, 2021   tbd
Ethical and Responsible Research 1 per institution Feb 22, 2022   tbd

Data-Intensive Scientific Machine Learning and Analysis

2 per institution

Pre-Application: April 23, 2021

FULL: May 27, 2021

Limited Submission Procedure
Announcement of Opportunities

Limited Submission funding opportunity announcements are distributed via email. The announcements provide a description of the opportunity, a link to the funding agency’s site, deadlines, and the required internal components for submission. 

If individual faculty or staff become independently identify limited submission funding opportunities not posted, please notify RSI and OSP.

To prevent WPI from being disqualified from a limited submission funding opportunity, materials should not be submitted to the sponsor until a final selection is made and the winner of the internal competition has been notified.

Internal Submission Process

These are competitions for awards by federal agencies for which WPI can nominate a limited number of candidates. If there are more than the allowed number of submissions, applications will go through an internal review process. The internal submission deadline is typically 2 months prior to the sponsor deadline and will include the following steps:

  • An initial email to gauge interest in the particular submission will be sent out by RSI. Typically response will be required within two to three weeks.
  • An email containing internal application forms will be sent out to all interested parties by RSI. Internal application requirements may vary based on sponsor application requirements, but will typically include: (a) 2-3 page project summary, (b) CV/biosketch, and (c) 1 page budget overview (basic budgets outlining projects costs are sufficient). Filled out applications will be required within two to three weeks.
  • Internal submissions will be reviewed by a committee of Deans and DOH. Successful candidates will be notified via email. 
Expectations for Applicants

Internal competition winners are required to submit a full proposal to the sponsoring agency on behalf of WPI. Applicants must adhere to all posted deadlines.

Should the nominee wish to decline a nomination, she/he is required to notify as soon as possible. 


I just became aware of a limited submission funding opportunity. What should I do?

Please check the limited submission opportunities above to determine whether the opportunity has been announced to the WPI community. If the opportunity does not appear, please contact OSP as soon as possible.

What do I need to submit for a limited submission funding opportunity?

Each limited submission announcement includes the deadlines (date and time), description of the required internal components, and the process for submitting the application electronically.

I missed the internal application deadline. Can I still apply to the opportunity?

Applicants must adhere to all posted deadlines to participate in the limited submission process. If you missed the deadline, you may communicate your interest for a particular opportunity to RSI and OSP.

How can I get limited submission funding opportunity announcements?

Limited submission opportunities are sent to the Faculty Listserv. Please check with your department admin on how to get on the Faculty Listserv.