Texas Tech University

Limited Submissions

What is a Limited Submission?

Many federal, state and private funding agencies issue requests for proposals that limit the number of applications they will accept from an institution. Texas Tech University has established a process to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select applicants to submit full proposals in response to a particular program. The following policy is designed to support an equitable review process while preventing any submission disqualifications due to submissions from Texas Tech University beyond the allowed number.


NOTE: A Notice of Intent (NOI) and internal proposal (if required) will be due to limitedsubs.vpr@ttu.edu by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline (TTU Notice of Intent Deadline) identified on the Limited Submission webpage. Any NOIs or internal proposals submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

NO Competition:

  1. Identify desired submission opportunity
  2. Submit NOI to RDT by TTU Notice of Intent Deadline
  3. If less NOIs submitted than required, RDT notifies PI to move forward with full proposal


  1. Identify desired submission opportunity
  2. Submit NOI to RDT by TTU Notice of Intent Deadline
  3. If more NOIs submitted than requires, RDT notifies PI of requirements and due date of documents.
  4. Peer Review Team reviews and scores internal proposal.
  5. Highest score(s) allowed to proceed to full agency proposal


Please note that you have been chosen to represent Texas Tech University. Therefore, it is your responsibility as PI to immediately notify us should your team not be able to submit the proposal within 1 month of the submission deadline. This then allows time for another team to represent TTU in submitting a proposal for this opportunity. Should your team not be in a position to fulfill the commitment and not notify VPR within the 1 month deadline, please be advised it may affect your chance in future limited submission competitions.

Internal Proposal Competition Format

Each PI will be notified of specifics for that limited submission funding opportunity; however, the internal proposal format generally includes:

  • Cover page (Title, PI/Co-PI Name(s), Department(s), email address(es), Key Participant(s)
  • 2-3 page proposal summary
  • Estimated budget (including cost sharing details if applicable) C.V.

Depending on the proposal, additional information/documents may be required. The PI will be notified of additional requirements if needed. These documents are then reviewed by an internal Peer Review Team with the highest scored proposal(s) approved to go forward to the sponsor. The names of selected PI(s) will be listed on the Limited Submissions website.


Limited Submission Not Listed on Website

The Research Development Team (RDT) identifies limited submission funding opportunities through internet searches, web services and historical opportunities. However, despite the best efforts of RDT, not every funding opportunity may be identified.

Anyone who wishes to apply to a limited submission opportunity that is not posted on the Limited Submissions webpage MUST email RDT at limitedsubs.vpr@ttu.edu with the PI's name, name of the grant competition, and link to the program announcement.

NOTE: Failure to send this email notification in a timely manner may result in disqualification of an applicant for the relevant grant competition.

Once notification is received, RDT will review the guidelines, determine if the situation warrants an NOI or pre-proposal announcement, and if so, establish appropriate internal due dates and post the announcement to the Limited Submissions webpage for competition.

Other Funding Resources

There are grants, external awards, and other opportunities available on our Funding Resources page.


Agency and
Program Name
Deadlines   Specific Limitation    Internal Proposal Status

Agency: NIH

NIH StrokeNet Regional Coordinating Stroke Centers (U24)

TTU Notice of Intent: 7/7/2017

Agency: 9/25/2017

Only one RCC application per institution is allowed.

NIH intends to fund an up to 25 awards, corresponding to a total of $8,700,000, for fiscal year 2018.


Agency: NEH

Program:Summer Stipends 2017-2018

TTU Notice of Intent: 7/28/2017

Agency: 9/27/2017

No more than 2 faculty per organization.

The Summer Stipend Program provides $6,000 grants for two consecutive, full-time months of research and writing.








Agency: NIH

Data Coordinating Center for the NICHD Neonatal Research Network (U24)

TTU Notice of Intent: 5/23/2017

Agency: 6/30/2017

One application per institution is allowed.

NICHD intends to commit $6.7 million in total costs in FY 2018 to fund 1 award.


Agency: ADA

Program: Pathways to STOP Diabetes

TTU Notice of Intent: 3/21/2017

NOI must state which Award Type applicant intends to pursue:




Agency: 7/3/2017




Each institution is allowed a maximum of one nomination.

The nomination can be in only one of the three available Pathway award types:

• Initiator (for researchers in postdoctoral training)

• Accelerator (for early-career diabetes investigators)

• Visionary (for established investigators, new to diabetes)

Awards of up to $1.625 million


Agency: THECB - Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

College and Career Readiness Standards Review and Revision Project – English/Language Arts and Mathematics (CCRS-ELAM Project)

TTU Notice of Intent: 6/21/2017

Agency: 7/12/2017

An Eligible Applicant may submit a maximum of one (1) Application.

The THECB expects to award one (1) grant for up to $96,000.00.


Jerry Dwyer (PI)

Agency: NIH

Cystic Fibrosis Research and Translation Center (P30)

TTU Notice of Intent: 6/1/2017

Agency: 7/20/2017

Only one application per institution is allowed.

NIDDK intends to commit $3.6 million in FY 2018 to fund 3 awards.


Agency: NEA

ART WORKS Guidelines: Folk & Traditional Arts

TTU Notice of Intent:

Agency: 7/13/2017
(Submit SF-424)

(Submit application materials to NEA-GO)

Generally, an organization is limited to one application per year in the Art Works category.

Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000.


Kelley Coleman (PI)

Agency: NEA

National Endowment of the Arts Research Lab

TTU Notice of Intent: 6/15/2017

Agency: 7/18/2017

One organization may submit only one application under this program solicitation.  

Contingent upon the agency's Fiscal year 2018 budget, the National Endowment for the Arts expects to award Cooperative Agreements of up to $150,000 to each NEA Research Lab.


William Westney (PI)

Agency: HHS

Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative

TTU Notice of Intent: 6/16/2017

Agency: 8/2/2017

Must state which focus area:

1. Opioid Abuse

2. Childhood/Adolescent Obesity

3. Serious Mental Illness

We will only accept one application per organization for each focus area.  

OMH anticipates funding up to 16 cooperative agreements for $300,000 to $350,000 each for approximately $5 million total, for one-year period of performance, for a project period of three years.


Childhood/Adolescent Obesity:
Jason Van Allen (PI)

Agency: DHS

DHS S&T Center of Excellence for Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense – Lead

TTU Notice of Intent: 4/19/2017

Agency: 8/4/2017

DHS will accept only one (1) application for Center Lead from any single university for review.

Available Funding for the NOFO: Up to $3,500,000 (subject to availability of funds) per year for 10 years, for 1 award.


Agency: NSF

Competition for the Management and Operation of the National Center for Atmospheric Research

TTU Notice of Intent:

Agency: 8/7/2017

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 1

Estimated Number of Awards: 1

Anticipated Funding Amount: $500,000,000


Agency: NIH

NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5)

TTU Notice of Intent: 5/18/2017

Agency: 9/22/2017

Only up to two applications per institution are allowed.

The NIH Common Fund intends to commit approximately $4,000,000 to support approximately 10 awards in FY 2018.


Agency: NIH

Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (R25)

TTU Notice of Intent: 5/31/2017

Agency: 9/25/2017


Applicant organizations may not submit more than one application as the Lead Institution. Application budgets are limited to $300,000 direct costs per year.


Agency: NIH

Program: Research Education: Bridges to the Doctorate (R25)

TTU Notice of Intent: 5/31/2017

Agency: 9/25/2017


 Applicant organizations may not submit more than one application as the Lead Institution.

The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Application budgets are limited to $300,000 direct costs per year.


Agency: NIH

NIAMS Rheumatic Diseases Research Resource-based Centers (P30)

TTU Notice of Intent: 5/24/2017

Agency: 10/3/2017

Only one application per institution is allowed.

NIAMS intends to commit up to $1.5 million in FY2018 to fund a maximum of three awards.


Agency: Keck Foundation Grant

Research Program – Medical Research, Science and Engineering, and Undergraduate Education

TTU Notice of Intent: 5/25/2017

1 page concept papers due to VPR Office: 6/12/2017

*MUST state which area that you are applying to: Medical, Science, and Engineering, or Undergraduate Education.

Agency: 11/1/2017

Applicants may submit one application per grant cycle to each of the following areas for which they are eligible: Medical Research, Science and Engineering Research, or Undergraduate Education.

For Medical Research and Science and Engineering Programs, grants range from $500,000 to $5 million. Typically $2 million or less.

For Undergraduate Education Program, grants range from $200,000 to $1 million. Typically $500,000 or less.


Agency: NIH

George M. O'Brien Kidney Research Core Centers (P30)

TTU Notice of Intent:

Agency: 11/1/2017

Only one application per institution is allowed.

NIDDK intends to commit $4,670,661 in FY 2108 to fund up to 4 awards.


Agency: NSF

Towards a Leadership-Class Computing Facility - Phase 1

TTU Notice of Intent: 5/26/2017

Agency: 7/14/2017
(Letter of Intent Due)

(Full Proposal Due)

An organization may submit only one proposal but may be identified as sub-awardee on other proposals responding to this solicitation.

A total of $60,000,000 in FY 2018 will be used to fund one award, subject to the availability of funds.


Agency: NSF

Program: ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE)

Track 1: Institutional Transformation (IT)

TTU Notice of Intent: 12/15/3016

Agency: 4/12/2017
Preliminary Proposal Due

*Full Proposal Due


Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 1 Preliminary Proposal, Full Proposal Submitted IF accepted.*

NSF expects to make approximately five Institutional Transformation five-year awards up to $3,000,000 for five years.


Audra Morse (PI)

Agency: NSF

Program: Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)

TTU Notice of Intent: 6/11/2017

Agency: 2/15/2018


Only one proposal may be submitted by an eligible organization.

Estimated total annual funding amount for 6 to 8 awards is $3,150,000 - subject to the availability of funds. The maximum amount for 5-year awards is $600,000 and the maximum amount for 3-year awards is $400,000. The average award is $275,000.


To identify other funding opportunities, please use Community of Science.