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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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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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Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories 12-505 12/12/2014 See next
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Only one proposal may be submitted on behalf of any single facility per round of the FSML competition. This limitation does not prevent a single institution from submitting more than one proposal, as long as each proposal is submitted on behalf of a different eligible facility.
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NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics 12-529 08/12/2014 See next
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An Institution may submit one proposal from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an eligible field. See Section IV.A. for details.
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Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) 12-564 10/03/2014 See next
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Alliances (including B2B) and BD: 1 

Broadening Participation Research in STEM Education:  No limit.

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Innovation Corps - Regional Node Program 12-586 04/18/2014 1
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NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships 13-548 07/18/2014 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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Collections in Support of Biological Research 13-557 07/13/2015 3
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Instrument Development for Biological Research 13-561 07/25/2014 See next
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None specified
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Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections 13-569 10/17/2014 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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Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Translation 13-575 05/01/2014 See next
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None Specified
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Oceanographic Facilities and Equipment Support 13-589 11/17/2014 See next
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None Specified

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Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program 13-594 06/27/2014 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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Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 13-603 01/12/2015 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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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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Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program 14-513 08/25/2014 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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Sustainability Research Networks Competition 14-534 04/29/2014 3

A single organization may submit a maximum of three proposals as the lead institution. There is no limit to participation as a partner institution. It is not likely that the SRN program will provide support for more than one SRN from any one lead institution in this competition.

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High Performance Computing System Acquisition: Continuing the Building of a More Inclusive Computing Environment for Science and Engineering 14-536 05/14/2014 1

An organization may submit only one proposal but may be a sub-awardee on other proposals responding to this solicitation.  The restriction to no more than one submitted proposal as lead institution is to help ensure that there is appropriate institutional commitment necessary for responsible oversight, by the potential awardee institution, of a national resource.

Collaborative projects may only be submitted as a single proposal in which a single award is being requested. The involvement of partner organizations should be supported through sub-awards administered by the submitting organization.

These eligibility constraints will be strictly enforced in order to treat everyone fairly and consistently. In the event that an individual exceeds this limit, the proposal received within the limit will be accepted based on the earliest date and time of proposal submission (i.e., the first proposal received will be accepted and the remainder will be returned without review). No exceptions will be made.

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Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I Solicitation 14-539 06/10/2014 2

An organization may submit no more than two Phase I proposals in total during this cycle, which is defined as this SBIR Phase I solicitation and the concurrent STTR Phase I solicitation. For example, an organization may submit one (1) SBIR Phase I and one (1) STTR Phase I proposal, two (2) SBIR Phase I proposals, or two(2) STTR Phase I proposals during this cycle.

These eligibility constraints will be strictly enforced. In the event that an organization exceeds this limit, the first two proposals received will be accepted, and the remainder will be returned without review). No exceptions will be made.

The submission of the same project idea to both this SBIR Phase I solicitation and the concurrent STTR Phase I solicitation is strongly discouraged.

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Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I Solicitation 14-540 06/11/2014 2

An organization may submit no more than two Phase I proposals in total during this cycle, which is defined as this STTR Phase I solicitation and the concurrent SBIR Phase I solicitation. For example, an organization may submit one (1) SBIR Phase I and one (1) STTR Phase I proposal, two (2) SBIR Phase I proposals, or two (2) STTR Phase I proposals during this cycle.

These eligibility constraints will be strictly enforced. In the event that an organization exceeds this limit, the first two proposals received will be accepted, and the remainder will be returned without review). No exceptions will be made.

The submission of the same project idea to both this STTR Phase I solicitation and the concurrent SBIR Phase I solicitation is strongly discouraged.

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Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering 14-541 05/27/2014 1 Only one (1) 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.  
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Scalable Nanomanufacturing 14-544 06/16/2014 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. 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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Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM 14-546 06/17/2014 1

An eligible organization, as defined above, may submit only one proposal as the lead organization. Organizations submitting more than one proposal as the lead organization 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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Innovation Corps Sites Program 14-547 06/27/2014 1
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National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program 14-548 05/20/2014 2

Each institution may submit up to two proposals. If an institution submits only one proposal, it can be in either DESE or another theme. If an institution submits two proposals, at least one must be in DESE. In any case, the traineeship theme(s) should be interdisciplinary.

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EarthScope National Office 14-553 09/26/2014 1
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International Research Network Connections 14-554 07/07/2014 2

Organizational limit of 2 applies to IRNC: Backbone proposals ONLY.

There is no organizational limit for the other categories.

 

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