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Solicitations that Limit the Number of Proposals an Organization Can Submit

These solicitations have limits on the number of proposals that may be submitted by one organization. To see the full solicitation, please click on the appropriate solicitation number below.

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Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program 13-594 01/05/2015 See next
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Any institution may submit multiple-university center proposals provided that the proposed research topics involve different disciplines and support different industries.

Grantee institutions that have an active, single-university I/UCRC award are not eligible to apply for another single-university center award; however, they may apply for a multi-university center award.

A center site may apply for a Phase II (years 6 through 10) grant if it meets the Phase II minimum requirements specified in the solicitation as well as having satisfactorily completed the Phase I (years 1 through 5) grant.

A center site may apply for a Phase III (years 11 through 15)  grant if it meets the minimum Phase III requirements specified in the solicitation as well as having satisfactorily completed the Phase II (years 6 through 10) grant. 

Graduated centers that have successfully completed a Phase II award within the last 10 years may apply for a Phase III award.

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Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience 15-526 01/05/2015 See next
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An organization may serve as sole submitting institution or as lead institution of a collaborative project on only one submission per competition, regardless of track, but may serve as the non-lead institution of a collaborative project more than once per competition. Additional eligibility requirements are described later in the solicitation.

Potential PIs are advised to contact their institutional office of research regarding processes used to select proposals for submission.

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Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials 14-606 01/07/2015 1
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Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology 15-501 01/08/2015 See next
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Only individuals may apply. There is no limit on the number of applicants that an institution may host.
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Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Research Alliance 14-612 01/12/2015 See next
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There is no limit on how many proposals a university may submit, but a particular NSF-funded research consortium may submit only one to this solicitation.

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National Robotics Initiative 15-505 01/14/2015 See next
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There are no restrictions or limits.

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Scalable Nanomanufacturing 15-507 01/20/2015 1

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. Potential PIs are advised to contact their institutional office of research regarding processes used to select proposals for submission. The same organization may be a collaborative partner in any number of other multi-organization group proposals in which it is not the lead. A proposal involving more than one organization must be submitted as a single proposal in which a single award is requested, with the managing principal investigator from the lead organization and subawards administered by the lead organization to any other participating organizations.

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Major Research Instrumentation Program: 15-504 01/22/2015 See next
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Three (3) as described below. Potential PIs are advised to contact their institutional office of research regarding processes used to select proposals for submission.

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). 

To ensure a balanced instrumentation award portfolio at diverse organizations, across varied research topics, and in support of a broadly inclusive science and engineering workforce across the entire Nation, the MRI program requires that an MRI-eligible organization may, as a performing organization, submit or be included as a significantly funded1 subawardee in no more than three MRI proposals.  To promote instrumentation development, the program requires that if an organization submits or is included as a significantly funded1 subawardee in three MRI proposals, at least one of the three proposals must be for (Track 2) instrument development. 

NSF reserves the right to carefully examine development (Track 2) proposals to ensure that they meet the requirements for this proposal type (see Section II).  If a proposal submitted as development is deemed to be an acquisition proposal either before or during the review, the proposal is subject to return without review or decline.

1An unfunded collaboration does not count against the submission limit.  Inclusion as a funded subawardee on a development (Track 2) proposal at a level in excess of 20% of the total budget requested from NSF, or as a funded subawardee on any acquisition (Track 1) proposal, will be counted against an organization's proposal submission limit. Separately submitted linked collaborative proposals of either type (Track 1 or Track 2) count against the submission limit of each of the submitting organizations. However, if a subaward to an organization in a development (Track 2) proposal is 20% or less of the proposal's total budget request from NSF, the subawardee's submission limit will not be affected. For subawards within a linked collaborative proposal, the 20% threshold applies to the budget request from NSF in the proposal containing the subaward(s), not to the combined budget request from NSF for the collaborative project.

Note: The 30% cost-sharing requirement applies to only the portion of the total project cost budgeted to non-exempt organizations, including those participating through subawards. When required, cost-sharing must be precisely 30%. Cost sharing 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 provide it. National Science Board policy is that voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. See section V.B. for specific information on cost-sharing calculations and the solicitation text for definitions of organizational types used for the MRI program.

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program 14-513 01/26/2015 See next
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HBCU-UP Proposals:

  • An eligible institution can only submit one Implementation Project or ACE Implementation Project proposal and can only have one active Implementation Project or ACE Implementation Project award.
  • An eligible institution can submit no more than two Broadening Participation Research proposals per year.
  • An eligible institution can submit no more than two Targeted Infusion Project proposals per year and can only have one active Targeted Infusion Project for any given department.
  • An eligible institution can submit no more than two Research Initiation Award proposals per year.

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Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity 14-610 01/28/2015 2

Academic institutions are limited to participation on two (2) proposals as a lead institution preferably involving distinct application areas. A lead academic institution that has submitted a proposal has the option to participate as a subawardee on any other proposal submitted under this solicitation. Lead academic institutions that have submitted a proposal may also provide consultants to other proposals submitted under this solicitation.

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National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure 15-519 02/02/2015 See next
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A US academic institution may submit or participate in only one individual site proposal submitted in response to this solicitation. An academic institution that is awarded as a shared user facility site may also propose later to be the Coordinating Office.

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Fundamental Research Program for Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers 11-570 02/04/2015 See next
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One proposal per center. All sites must submit a collaborative proposal that is part of the same integrated research experimental plan of the center. The total budget for all site submissions from a center cannot exceed the maximum award.

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EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 15-517 02/20/2015 1

Only one RII Track-2 FEC proposal may be submitted in response to this solicitation by an organization in an RII-eligible jurisdiction.

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Management and Operation of the Gemini Observatory 14-594 02/27/2015 1
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Materials Innovation Platforms 15-522 03/02/2015 1

One (1) per organization. Potential PIs are advised to contact their institutional office of research regarding processes used to select proposals for submission.

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Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM 15-528 03/12/2015 1

Only one proposal may be submitted by an eligible organization, as defined above, in which a member of their organization serves as the PI. Potential PIs are advised to contact their institutional office of research regarding processes used to select proposals for submission. Organizations submitting more than one proposal will be notified and given one week from notification to select one proposal for consideration. If one is not selected in that time period, all of those proposals will be returned without review. There is no limit on the number of proposals under which an organization may be included as a non-lead collaborator or sub-awardee.

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Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Translation 14-569 03/13/2015 See next
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None Specified

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Tribal Colleges and Universities Program 14-572 03/16/2015 See next
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Eligible institutions may receive consecutive, but not concurrent, Instructional Capacity Excellence in TCUP Institutions awards.   Eligible institutions may participate in only one PArtnerships for Geoscience Education award, but its participation is not prevented by the institution's having other TCUP awards. There is no limit on the number of Targeted STEM Infusion Projects, Small Grants for Research, or Broadening Participation Research projects per TCUP-eligible institution. Institutions may receive only one Preparing for TCUP Implementation award.
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Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (RISE) 14-565 04/07/2015 See next
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Only one preliminary CREST Center proposal may be submitted per eligible institution. Full CREST Center proposals are to be submitted only when invited by NSF.  An institution may have only one active CREST Center award, irrespective of focus area. Centers that have completed two prior, consecutive 5-year CREST Center awards may recompete in disciplinary areas that are significantly different from those of the previous award(s).

Only one HBCU-RISE proposal may be submitted per eligible institution. An institution may have only one active HBCU-RISE award.

An eligible institution can submit no more than two Broadening Participation Research in STEM Education proposals per year.   

 

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Management of UNOLS Marine Technician Pool 15-525 04/15/2015 1

Potential PIs are advised to contact their institutional office of research regarding processes used to select proposals for submission.

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Innovation Corps - Regional Node Program 12-586 04/17/2015 1
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Partnerships for International Research and Education 14-587 05/15/2015 1

A single organization may submit one preliminary proposal as the lead institution. Full proposals will be accepted by invitation only. There is no limit on the number of proposals in which an institution can participate as a partner.

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Innovation Corps Sites Program 14-547 06/09/2015 1
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Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships 14-600 06/16/2015 3

A single organization may submit a maximum of three preliminary proposals as the lead institution.  Full proposals are to be submitted only when invited by NSF.  There is no limit on the number of proposals in which an organization participates as a partner institution.  The STC program will not support more than one Center from any one lead institution in this competition.

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Collections in Support of Biological Research 14-564 07/13/2015 3

In a single round of the CSBR competition, only one proposal may be submitted from any individual collection within an organization. One organization may not submit more than three proposals to any one CSBR competition.

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NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships 13-548 07/20/2015 See next
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Only individuals may submit proposals. There is no limit on the number of fellows that an institution may host.

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Instrument Development for Biological Research 13-561 07/31/2015 See next
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None specified
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Faculty Development in the Space Sciences 14-506 08/31/2015 1      Institutions may submit only one proposal in response to this solicitation.
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Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) 12-564 10/02/2015 See next
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Alliances (including B2B) and BD: 1 

Broadening Participation Research in STEM Education:  No limit.

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ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers 14-573 10/05/2015 1

One proposal per eligible organization for Institutional Transformation and Institutional Transformation Catalyst Awards.

No limit for PLAN IHE and PLAN D proposals.

See additional eligibility information.

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Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections 13-569 10/16/2015 1

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.

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Oceanographic Facilities and Equipment Support 13-589 11/16/2015 See next
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None Specified

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Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 14-607 12/14/2015 See next
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Only individuals may apply. There is no limit on the number of fellowships that an organization may host.

 

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