Limited Submission Opportunities

To submit a proposal in response to a Limited Competition, please return the required document(s) noted below as one PDF to by 5:00 pm by the due date listed for each competition.

Open Limited Competitions

Technical and Business Assistance (TABA) supplement for active SBIR/STTR Phase II Awards

Active NSF SBIR and STTR Phase II awardees are eligible for this supplement, only if their Phase II project started between August 13, 2018 and July 31, 2020. Awardees under a no-cost extension are not eligible for the TABA supplemental funding unless the awardee has prior written approval from their cognizant SBIR/STTR Program Director to submit the TABA supplement request. One request per active Phase II grant will be permitted. A TABA supplement does not limit the eligibility for a Phase IIB award or other supplemental funding opportunities. The receipt of other supplemental funding does not limit the eligibility for the TABA supplement.


Funding Available: If the Phase II award to be supplemented has received supplemental funding under the Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) NSF 14-072, the maximum request is $40,000. Otherwise, the maximum request is $50,000. TABA supplemental funding may be expended throughout the duration of the Phase II award. The TABA supplement does not extend the original award expiration date.


Limit on Number of TABA Supplemental Funding Requests: 

One request per active Phase II grant. A TABA supplement does not limit the eligibility for a Phase IIB award or other supplemental funding opportunities. The receipt of other supplemental funding does not limit the eligibility for the TABA supplement.


Sponsor Deadline: 

Phase II awardees are strongly encouraged to submit their TABA supplemental funding requests as early in the award as possible and at least three months prior to the expiration date of the Phase II award. 


To Apply:

Follow the instructions in the Dear Colleague Letter from NSF.

NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. MRI provides support to acquire critical research instrumentation without which advances in fundamental science and engineering research may not otherwise occur. MRI also provides support to develop next-generation research instruments that open new opportunities to advance the frontiers in science and engineering research. Additionally, an MRI award is expected to enhance research training of students who will become the next generation of instrument users, designers and builders


Funding Available: Track 1 - $100,000-$1,000,000.  Track 2 - $1,000,000-$4,000,000

*Cost-sharing must be precisely 30%. No less than 2/3rds of this matching requirement must be provided by departments or units. Requests for the remaining ≤1/3rd of the matching requirement may be submitted to OVPRED.

Maximum Number of Applicants: 
No more than two submissions in Track 1 and no more than one submission in Track 2


Sponsor Deadline: January 1-19, 2022


Limited Submission Due: 9/20/2021


To Apply Submit the Following:

  • Technical description of the instrument, capabilities and estimated costs. Identify if the instrument is unique to UB and if not, why is it needed. (2 pages)
  • Description of how instrument access and maintenance will be managed. 
  • List of UB Investigators and projects that will utilize the instrument.  Identify if these projects are currently funded.
  • A letter from the Deans of the schools of the participating PI and Co-PI’s indicating that they will participate in 2/3rds cost-sharing of the project.
Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

The Blavatnik National Awards recognize and celebrate America’s most innovative and promising faculty-rank scientists and engineers in three disciplinary categories: Chemistry, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Life Sciences. Eligible nominees must be 42 years of age or younger (born in or after 1980), and hold a tenured or tenure-track position or equivalent at your institution. 


Funding Available: $250,000


Maximum Number of Applicants: UB can submit up to 3 nominations, 1 in each of the 3 disciplinary categories.


Sponsor Deadline: 11/17/2021


Limited Submission Due: 10/15/2021


To Apply Submit the Following:

  • A one‐ page description of research accomplishments, and please note the disciplinary category
  • Full CV of the PI
  • A letter of support from the Dean or Chair. This letter of support signifies that the Dean or Chair have ensured that the nominee and application are likely to be of sufficient quality to be competitive nationally
Moore Inventor Fellows Program

The foundation seeks to support people who create new tools, technologies, processes, or approaches with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation’s three main areas of interest: scientific research, environmental conservation and patient care.  Candidates must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs or other full-time staff who can receive funding through their institutions. Candidates must be no more than 10 years past receiving the terminal advanced degree in their field (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D. received on or after 2012). 

The scope of this call is intentionally wide: proposed projects do not need to fall within our current funding priorities but should be broadly within the program areas of foundation interest (science, environmental conservation and patient care). For patient care, inventions should resonate with our focus on improving the experience and outcomes of patients with solutions that improve clinical diagnosis. We aim to support inventions at an early stage that could lead to proof-of-concept of an invention or advance an existing prototype that tackles an important problem. We seek innovations that promise to make a long-lasting and meaningful impact by addressing underlying problems in their field, but a clear path toward commercialization is not a requirement. We are not interested in supporting fundamental research projects or projects already at a stage where significant venture capital is available. 


Funding Available: $200,000 a year for three years.


Maximum Number of Applicants: UB can submit up to 2 nominations.


Sponsor Deadline: 11/12/2021 nomination information due to the foundation; 12/13/2021 full nomination package due.


Limited Submission Due: 10/15/2021


To Apply Submit the Following:

  • A two‐page statement of invention, including brief description of importance to science, environmental conservation or patient care, stage of invention and current funding.
  • Brief budget noting how the funds will be used. 
  • Current NIH or NSF Biosketch


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