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What is a Limited Submission Opportunity?

A Limited Submission Opportunity (LSO) is an extramural funding opportunity that limits the number applications submitted per institution. Researchers interested in submitting to a specific LSO must first apply to an internal competition and be selected for full proposal submission to the opportunity's sponsor. Internal competitions help verify the eligibility of an applicant and ensure that another application has not already been selected to submit to a specific limited submission opportunity. Candidates selected in an internal competition are notified prior to the Sponsor's deadline on whether they have been selected to submit a proposal on behalf of the University.

How to Apply

The University of Utah uses InfoReady Review software to host and manage all internal competitions for LSOs. A list of available LSOs that the VPR Office has created internal competitions for can be found on the UofU LSO Portal.

The VPR Office attempts to identify available limited submission opportunities, and provide internal competitions for institutional selection, in a timely manner. However, identifying every possible opportunity in advance is unfeasible, and requires collaboration with the UofU Research Community. Investigators who wish to apply to a LSO that is NOT published in the UofU LSO Portal should contact as soon as they become aware of the opportunity, and prior to submitting any pre-application or LOI information to the program's sponsor. This email notification should include the sponsor, program title, first available deadline (LOI and/or application deadline) and a link to the solicitation. Failure to comply with this internal submission process may lead to the automatic rejection of a proposal selected by the University of Utah (see University Best Practices for LSO Internal Competitions for more details.)

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University Best Practices for LSO Internal Competitions

The VPR Office reserves the responsibility of choosing the most meritorious application to proceed with a full application to the sponsor’s program solicitation. If the University of Utah submits more applications to a LSO than allowed, a sponsor may choose to disqualify ALL applications from the University of Utah for review. Therefore, compliance with the University Best Practices for LSOs and Internal Competitions (outlined below) is critical to ensuring successful and long-term relationships with Federal, Corporate, and Foundation sponsors.

  • The VPR Office strives to provide authorized applicants 8-9 weeks to successfully prepare their full proposal to the sponsor, whenever possible. In order to provide ample time for proposal preparation, Investigators, Grants Managers, and other Extramural Funding coordinators should plan to notify the VPR Office of the LSO 12 weeks prior to the first available sponsor deadline, whenever possible. The investigator does not have to have confirmed their commitment-to-apply in order for an internal competition to be built.
  • If the VPR Office is notified of an opportunity with less than 15 working days until the sponsor deadline, an investigator may request an emergency authorization to submit to a LSO. This practice should only be utilized for emergency programs and solicitations. Investigators requesting emergency authorization to submit to a LSO should be prepared to identify a well-justified reason for a last minute authorization request. Investigators that receive emergency authorization are still required to submit all requested application materials in a timely manner. Investigators that repeatedly request full proposal submission approval with less than 15 working days to the sponsor’s deadline may become ineligible for VPR authorization for future LSO competitions. Requests submitted with less than 15 working days until the sponsor deadline are approved on a first come, first serve basis.

Specific application materials will vary based on the requirements of the program. Full details on all application materials for a specific competition will be available on the internal competition page (in InfoReady)

Generally, all LSO internal competitions will require;

  1. Applicant Contact Information (to be collected by InfoReady)
  2. Research Narrative that addresses the goals of the sponsor/program, and how the proposal will meet those goals
  3. Abbreviated CVs or Biosketches of senior personnel
  4. Anticipated Budget Outline (when applicable)

  • An internal competition is required for all LSOs, regardless of the competition’s deadline. This practice allows the UofU to maintain a sustainable, fair, and equitable system for proposal selection. Delay in notifying the VPR Office of an LSO may delay/disqualify the applicant’s efforts to submit an application to the sponsor
  • Applications approved by the VPR Office must result in timely proposal submission to the sponsor. If an authorized investigator no longer intends to submit a proposal to a LSO, they should notify the VPR Office as soon as possible so another application may be selected to proceed. Investigators that repeatedly choose to withdraw their applications may not be eligible for consideration in future internal competitions
  • If the VPR Office receives internal applications for a LSO after the internal deadline has passed, they will be rejected unless:
    • The internal competition did not receive any applications by the original specified deadline
    • The internal competition received fewer applications than is allowed by the sponsor or program.
  • If a sponsor contacts the UofU to report that a program’s application limit has been exceeded, all unauthorized proposals will be automatically withdrawn. 


Foundation-Sponsored Limited Submission Opportunities

The University of Utah Foundation Relations team manages a number limited submission opportunities sponsored by various Foundations each year. Foundations Limited Submissions are reviewed by a Foundations LSO Committee that selects applications most likely to: 

  • Perpetuate success for the University; 
  • Assist the selected faculty member in advancing their research; and
  • Meet the goals and expectations of the sponsor

All upcoming Foundations Limited Submissions are listed below, with links to the InfoReady internal competition for each program. Interested faculty members must apply to the internal competition and be selected by the LSO Committee for each program. Please contact Daniel Hadley if you have questions about applying for an opportunity listed below. Additional foundations funding opportunities can be found on the foundation relations website. 

Spring 2022 Funding Opportunities

Internal Deadline

Program Description

Scholarship in the Service of Social Justice
(sponsored by the Mellon Foundation)

April 15, 2022

To apply, please submit the following materials to Daniel Hadley

  1. A one-page concept note
  2. Estimated total budget
  3. List of collaborators, if any
  4. CV of the principal investigator

Announcing a new Mellon Foundation opportunity:  “Scholarship in the Service of Social Justice.” Grants will be made between $250,000 and $500,000. This is open to eligible humanities and humanistic social science fields, as outlined by Mellon here.

Because this is a limited submission, several campus areas will be coordinating to assist faculty and groups to prepare their applications. We are encouraging ideas in the three broad categories outlined by the Foundation:

  • Civic Engagement and Voting Rights
  • Race and Racialization in the United States
  • Social Justice and the Literary Imagination
William T. Grant Scholars Program 

April 22, 2022
Click here to apply!

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. One application per institution.

Brain Research Foundation (BRF) Annual Scientific Innovations Award

April 22, 2022
Click here to apply!

Brain Research Foundation has invited eligible US academic institutions to nominate one senior faculty member (Associate and Full Professor) to submit a Letter of Intent for the Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). Brain Research Foundation’s Scientific Innovations Award Program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators. One application per institution.

Pew Biomedical Scholars April 22, 2022
Click here to apply!

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level. One application per institution.

Searle Scholars Program  April 22, 2022
Click here to apply!

The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry. Two applications per institution.

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Last Updated: 3/24/22