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 on the due date listed for each competition.

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Pathways into the Earth, Ocean, Polar and Atmospheric & Geospace Sciences (GEOPAths)

The primary goal of the GEOPAths funding opportunity is to increase the number of students pursuing undergraduate and/or postgraduate degrees through the design and testing of novel approaches that engage students in authentic, career-relevant experiences in geoscience. In order to broaden participation in the geosciences, engaging students from historically excluded groups or from non-geoscience degree programs is a priority. This solicitation features three funding tracks that focus on Geoscience Learning Ecosystems (GLEs):

  1. GEOPAths: Informal Networks (IN). Collaborative projects in this track will support geoscience learning and experiences in informal settings for teachers, pre-college (e.g., upper level high school) students, and early undergraduates in the geosciences.
  2. GEOPAths: Undergraduate Preparation (UP). Projects in this track will engage pre-college and undergraduate students in extra-curricular experiences and training in the geosciences with a focus on service learning and workplace skill building.
  3. GEOPAths: Graduate Opportunities (GO). Projects in this track will improve research and career-related pathways into the geosciences for undergraduate and graduate students through institutional collaborations with a focus on service learning and workplace skill building.

FUNDING: $400,000









  • Track you wish to apply under
  • Provide a brief description of the goals and objectives of the proposed GEOPAths project, the intellectual focus, organizational structure, and any participating organizations' commitment to the activity. Information about the specific student population being targeted (e.g., demographics, grade level, critical juncture), and reason why this particular population was chosen.
  • NSF Biosketch of the PI  




A Strategic Approach to Advancing Health Equity for Priority Populations with or at Risk for Diabetes

This NOFO seeks to decrease risk for type 2 diabetes among adults with prediabetes and improve self-care practices, quality of care, and early detection of complications among people with diabetes. Additionally, this NOFO will support implementation of evidence-based, family-centered childhood obesity interventions as a type 2 diabetes risk reduction strategy.

The NOFO includes 3 components. Applicants may apply for only 1.

  • Components A and B focus on a menu of strategies to decrease risk for type 2 diabetes among adults at high risk; improve selfcare practices, quality of care, and early detection of complications among priority populations with diabetes; and support implementation of family-centered childhood obesity interventions to reduce risk for type 2 diabetes.
  • Component A will fund 51 organizations physically located in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to achieve state/district-wide reach.
  • Component B will fund up to 22 organizations to work in US counties identified as “high need” based on diabetes burden and social vulnerability; applicants’ work must reach a population > 350,000 across one or more of these counties, in partnership with local organizations.
  • Component C will fund 3-4 multisectoral partnership networks to simultaneously and collaboratively address 4 aspects of work proven necessary to scale and sustain the National Diabetes Prevention Program to better engage, enroll, and retain large numbers of participants.


FUNDING: Component A: award range of $850,000-$1,250,000; Component B: award range of $750,000-$1,100,000; Component C: award range of $2,500,000-$3,300,000









  • Brief summary of the proposed project including the purpose and outcomes.
  • Component and Geographical 
  • Biosketch of PI

Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers (P30 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

This FOA invites applications from institutions proposing to establish, or renew, an Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC).

NIA-designated ADRCs serve as a national resource for research on the nature of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and AD-related dementias (ADRD) and the development of more effective approaches to prevention, diagnosis, care, and therapy. They create shared resources that support dementia-relevant research, and they collaborate and coordinate their research efforts with other NIH-funded programs and investigators.


FUNDING: Applications may request a budget of up to $2 million in direct costs per year for 5 years.


SPONSOR DEADLINES: 5/14/23 (LOI); 6/14/23







  • Briefly describe the mission, vision, and research goals of the Center for the next five years and describe how these have been integrated into the research program’s specific goals.
  • NIH Biosketch for PI and list of Key Personnel

NSF Partnerships for Innovation

The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Translational Impacts (TI) offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace for societal benefit. This solicitation offers two broad tracks for proposals in pursuit of the aforementioned goals:

  1. The Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track offers the opportunity to translate prior NSF-funded research results in any field of science or engineering into technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact. PFI-TT supports commercial potential demonstration projects for academic research outputs in any NSF-funded science and engineering discipline. This demonstration is achieved through proof-of-concept, prototyping, technology development and/or scale-up work. Concurrently, students and postdoctoral researchers who participate in PFI-TT projects receive education and leadership training in innovation and entrepreneurship. Successful PFI-TT projects generate technology-driven commercialization outcomes that address societal needs.
  2. The Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track seeks to achieve the same goals as the PFI-TT track by supporting instead complex, multi-faceted technology development projects that are typically beyond the scope of a single researcher or institution and require a multi-organizational, interdisciplinary, synergistic collaboration. A PFI-RP project requires the creation of partnerships between academic researchers and third-party organizations such as industry, non-academic research organizations, federal laboratories, public or non-profit technology transfer organizations or other universities. Such partnerships are needed to conduct use-inspired research on a stand-alone larger project toward commercialization and societal impact. In the absence of such synergistic partnership, the project’s likelihood for success would be minimal.

The intended outcomes of both PFI-TT and PFI-RP tracks are: a) the commercialization of new intellectual property derived from NSF-funded research outputs; b) the creation of new or broader collaborations with industry (including increased corporate sponsored research); c) the licensing of NSF-funded research outputs to third party corporations or to start-up companies funded by a PFI team; and d) the training of future innovation and entrepreneurship leaders.


FUNDING: PFI- Technology Translation (PFI-TT) projects will be funded for up to $550,000 for 18-24 months per award; PFI-Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) projects will be funded for up to $1,000,000 for 36 months.







There is no limit on the number of PFI-TT proposals an organization may submit to the deadlines of this solicitation. However, an organization may not submit more than one (1) new or resubmitted PFI-RP proposal to a deadline of this solicitation. This eligibility constraint will be strictly enforced. If an organization exceeds this limit, the first PFI-RP proposal received will be accepted, and the remainder will be returned without review. An organization may not receive more than two (2) awards from a submission deadline of this solicitation. 



  • Executive Summary (no more than one page). Provide a brief overview of the project. Describe the societal need to be addressed through commercialization. Describe the expected customer for the innovation. What customer needs and market pain points are you addressing? Define the value proposition in 50 words or less: What is the potential societal value of your innovation? What are the benefits to the customer of your proposed innovation? What is the key differentiator of your organization or technology? Succinctly describe your innovation. What aspects are original, unusual, novel, disruptive or transformative compared to the current state of the art? The Partnership (mandatory in PFI-RP proposals; not mandatory but highly recommended in PFI-TT proposals). Describe the nature and merits of the collaboration with your industrial and research partners. Briefly describe the educational plan designed for the graduate student(s) and/or postdoctoral researcher(s) who will participate in the PFI project.
  • NSF Biosketch of PI

Breast Cancer Alliance Young Investigator Grant Program

Breast Cancer Alliance invites clinical doctors and research scientists who are in the early stages of their careers, including post docs, whose current proposal is focused on breast cancer, to apply for funding for the Young Investigator Grant. Applicants for the 2024 award must (i) not have held a tenure track faculty or tenure track research position for more than four years following completion of their training, as of March 1, 2024; (ii) not have been a principal investigator on an NIH R01 or equivalent national/international non-mentored award; and (iii) dedicate at least 50% of their work effort to research. 


FUNDING: This is a two-year grant for a total of $125,000. 






NUMBER OF PROPOSALS ALLOWED PER ORGANIZATION: BCA will accept a maximum of 2 Letters of Intent (LOI) per institution.



  • Project Overview that states the project title and hypothesis, outline of the research aim(s) and methods, and a brief discussion of the project’s potential impact (one page). 
  • NIH Biosketch of Investigator

RFA-AR-24-002 -- NIAMS Resource-based Centers for Bone, Muscle and Orthopaedic Research (P30 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) requests applications for Resource-based Centers.  Centers will provide critical research infrastructure, shared facilities, services, and resources to groups of investigators conducting research on bone, muscle, and orthopaedic biology and diseases, enabling them to conduct their independently funded individual or collaborative research projects more efficiently and effectively.  The broad overall goal  is to accelerate, enrich, and enhance the effectiveness of ongoing basic, translational, and clinical research and promoting new research within these areas of the NIAMS mission.


FUNDING: $500,000 direct costs per year for 5 years.









  • Describe the broad long-term objectives and goals of the proposed resource-based center. Include the objectives for each of the Resource Cores and the Administrative Core (one page).
  • Biosketch for PI and names of key personnel


The SUNY Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF) provides critical investments to advance SUNY innovation from the lab to the marketplace. TAF investments are highly competitive and support technology development milestones, such as feasibility studies, prototyping, and clinical and field testing, to demonstrate that an innovation has commercial potential.


ELIGIBILITY: Faculty, staff, and students from all disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals for TAF Class of 2023 funding. Please be advised that all proposals require the review and participation of the UB Limited Submission program prior to submission. Review the guidelines here.

Projects from all disciplines are welcome to apply for TAF Class of 2023 funding. • Previously funded TAF projects are eligible for TAF Class of 2023 funding so long as the eligibility criteria are met. • Projects must be led by an individual who has technology commercialization and project management experience and has proven to be effective at tracking deliverables. • Only proposals which can demonstrate that commercialization milestones are achievable within six months will receive an investment. However, the TAF Managing Director may make an exception to this requirement if the applicant demonstrates that interim milestones can be reached within six months.


FUNDING: Awards may be made up to $50,000, but projects will be funded at the level deemed necessary to achieve the proposed project objectives. Eligible expenses include Materials, Supplies, Travel, Prototype development,and Independent contracting. Funds may be used for salary and fringe benefits for project personnel if a definitive need is outlined in the proposal submitted. All funds must be used solely for the project described in the application. 


Funds cannot be used for tuition, construction, renovation, legal fees, patent costs, or permits. One Turbo-TAF award of up to $100,000 is expected to be made. Only projects that include third party support (cash or in-kind) will be considered eligible for the Turbo-TAF award. For more information, see page 5, #11 of the guidelines here.








  • Project Narrative (3 page limit): Provide a description of the technology (i.e. innovation) and its field of application.  Describe how the technology would impact the marketplace (need for product or service; market size; competitive advantages).  Include key data showing the technical feasibility of the technology.  Briefly describe the proposed development plan that will position the technology for commercialization and how the TAF award would be critical for advancing the commercialization potential.  Describe potential licenses, interested companies or start-up opportunities.  Finally, include the TTO NTD number and title and associated patents or patent applications.  If the technology involves intellectual property other than patentable subject matter (e.g. copyright, software, biological material, etc.), please note as such.
  • Name, department of Project Manager and NSF or NIH style Biosketch for each project team member.
  • Documentation of interest from at least two potential industry partners, investors or entrepreneurs (i.e. email or letter).



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