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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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Instrument Development for Biological Research 13-561 07/29/2016 See next
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None specified
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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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Innovation Corps Sites Program 14-547 06/14/2016 1
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Tribal Colleges and Universities Program 14-572 09/01/2015 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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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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Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology 15-501 11/03/2015 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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Major Research Instrumentation Program: 15-504 01/13/2016 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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National Robotics Initiative 15-505 12/03/2015 See next
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There are no restrictions or limits.

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Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience 15-526 08/14/2015 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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Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM 15-528 02/16/2016 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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Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science 15-536 11/02/2015 3

Three Site proposals may be submitted per competition by a U.S. academic institution, including a College/Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, or Computer and/or Information Science as the lead institution. Please note that two proposals may have an engineering focus and one proposal may have a computer and/or information science focus.

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

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National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program 15-542 12/22/2015 3

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 2 for the Traineeship Track, 1 for the Innovations in Graduate Education Track

Each institution may submit two Traineeship Track proposals and one Innovations in Graduate Education Track proposals. If an institution submits only one Traineeship Track proposal, it can be on either DESE or another theme. If an institution submits two Traineeship Track proposals, at least one must be a DESE proposal. In either case (DESE or non-DESE), the traineeship theme of a Traineeship Track proposal must be interdisciplinary.   

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program 15-552 10/07/2015 See next
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HBCU-UP Proposals:

  • An eligible institution can submit only one Implementation Project or ACE Implementation Project proposal per year. An institution may have only one active Implementation Project or ACE Implementation Project award. However, a new proposal can be submitted by an institution with an active project if that project is due to expire before new awards will be made. In addition, an institution can be awarded at most three Implementation Projects and one ACE Implementation Project over time.
  • An eligible institution can submit only one Broadening Participation Research Center proposal. The lead institution of the Center proposal must have been awarded three rounds of an Implementation or ACE Implementation Project.
  • 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 or unit.
  • An eligible institution can submit no more than two Research Initiation Award proposals per year.
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EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1: 15-566 08/04/2015 1

Only one Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-1 (RII Track-1) proposal may be submitted in response to this solicitation by the designated fiscal agent/proposing organization, acting on behalf of a jurisdiction's EPSCoR steering committee.

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NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships 15-568 01/12/2016 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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Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Translation 15-570 09/08/2015 See next
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None Specified

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Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections 15-576 10/09/2015 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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Collections in Support of Biological Research 15-577 09/10/2015 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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Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP) 15-580 09/16/2015 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, and no more than two invitations will be issued to a single organization. There is no limit to participation as a partner institution.

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NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics 15-581 09/22/2015 See next
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An Institution may submit one proposal (either as a single institution or as a member of a multi-institutional Design and Development consortium) from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an eligible field. See Additional Eligibility Information below for more details.

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Management and Operation of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory (ICNO) 15-587 10/07/2015 1
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Gen-3 Engineering Research Centers 15-589 09/25/2015 See next
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None Specified for Preliminary Proposals. 

Full Proposals may be submitted only by invitation and only by the lead university designated in the preliminary proposal.

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Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation 15-594 11/04/2015 See next
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Alliances (including B2B): Only one proposal may be submitted by an eligible (lead) institution. Alliances may hold only one active award at a time, not including BD awards. Institutions partnering in an alliance may not be a formal partner in more than one alliance at the same time. See Section II (Program Description 1. Alliances, Special Conditions for Alliances funded more than 10 years) for an exception.

 

Bridge to the Doctorate (BD): Only one proposal for BD support may be submitted by an eligible lead institution of an alliance. See Section II, Program Description 2. Bridge to the Doctorate, for eligibility criteria.

 

Pre-Alliance Planning: Only one proposal may be submitted by an eligible institution.

 

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