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

Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CyberTraining)

This program seeks to prepare, nurture, and grow the national scientific research workforce for creating, utilizing, and supporting advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) to enable and potentially transform fundamental science and engineering (S&E) research and education and contribute to the Nation's overall economic competitiveness and security. The goals of this solicitation are to (i) ensure broad adoption of CI tools, methods, and resources by the research community in order to catalyze major research advances and to enhance researchers' abilities to lead the development of new CI; (ii) integrate core literacy and discipline-appropriate advanced skills in advanced CI as well as computational and data-driven methods for advancing fundamental research, into the Nation's undergraduate and graduate educational curriculum/instructional materials; and (iii) build communities of research CI professional staff to deploy, manage, and collaboratively support the effective use of research CI, as well as establish career paths for those staff within and across institutions and science and engineering (S&E) disciplines. Proposals responding to the Pilot and Implementation project classes defined in this solicitation may target one or both of the first two solicitation goals, while proposals responding to the CIP project class must address the third goal. For the purpose of this solicitation, advanced CI is broadly defined as the set of resources, tools, methods, and services for advanced computation, large-scale data handling and analytics, and networking and security for large-scale systems that collectively enable potentially transformative fundamental S&E research and education.


This solicitation calls for innovative, scalable training, education, and curriculum/instructional materials, along with deeper incorporation of CI professionals into the research enterprise — targeting one or more of the solicitation goals — to address emerging needs and unresolved bottlenecks in S&E research workforce development, from the postsecondary level to active researchers to CI professionals. The funded activities, spanning targeted, multidisciplinary communities, should lead to transformative changes in the state of research workforce preparedness for advanced CI-enabled research in the short- and long-term. This solicitation also seeks to broaden CI access and adoption by (i) increasing adoption of advanced CI and of computational and data-driven methods to a broader range of S&E disciplines and institutions; (ii) enhancing the incorporation of CI professionals into the research enterprise – highlighting the value of those professionals in S&E research; and (iii) effectively utilizing the capabilities of individuals from a diverse set of underrepresented groups. Proposals from, and in partnership with, the aforementioned communities are especially encouraged.


Number of Proposals Allowed: There are no restrictions or limits on Pilot or Implementation proposals. Institutions are limited to one CIP proposal per CyberTraining program competition.


Sponsor Deadlines:  1/19/2023


Limited Submission Due:  9/30/2022


Funding Available: Pilot Projects: up to $300,000 total budget with durations up to two years; Implementation Projects: Small (with total budgets of up to $500,000) or Medium (with total budgets of up to $1,000,000) for durations of up to four years; and CI Professional (CIP) Projects: up to two full-time equivalents (FTEs) per institution and four FTEs total with durations up to five years.


To Apply: 

  • Brief Project Overview (1 page) to include the need for the activity and its short- and long-term goals for training, education, and research workforce development; broadening CI access and adoption goals, or curriculum/instructional material goals; innovative aspects; size and nature of target CI communities; and estimated number of students.
  • Name of Project Director and NSF Biosketch

NSF Innovations in Graduate Education NSF 20-595

The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.


IGE focuses on projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education. IGE projects are intended to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. The program supports testing of novel models or activities with high potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches.


The program addresses both workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged.


As a special emphasis under this solicitation, IGE seeks proposals that will result in a single cooperative agreement for the development and implementation of an IGE Innovation Acceleration Hub. The Hub will facilitate IGE awardee communications about research activities and outcomes and provide a platform for external stakeholder engagement.


Sponsor Deadlines:  3/25/2023


Limited Submission Due:  10/20/2022


Limit on Number of Proposals Per Organization: 2 per organization. Participation includes serving as a lead organization on a non-collaborative proposal or as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on a collaborative proposal. Organizations participating solely as evaluators on projects are excluded from this limitation. Proposals that exceed the institutional eligibility limit (beyond the first two submissions based on timestamp) will be returned without review regardless of the institution's role (lead, non-lead, subawardee) in the returned proposal.


Funding Available: $500,000 in year one; remaining funds disbursed in years 2-5. The maximum award amount is $1,000,000 for five years.


To Apply: 

  • Brief Project Summary (1 page). Describe the graduate education model or approaches that will be piloted and tested, or the existing pilot that will be adopted or expanded, as part of the IGE project. Describe the disciplinary field(s) involved, the knowledge that will be generated to inform implementation and adaptability of transformative approaches to STEM graduate education, and how the project is responsive to a need and/or opportunity. Each NSF merit review criterion (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts) must be addressed in a separate statement.
  • Name of Project Director and NSF Biosketch



Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology Research Career Development Award (K12 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages applications for institutional research career development (K12) programs that support mentored research and career development experiences for scholars pursuing clinical, translational, and/or basic research in pediatric therapeutics. This program constitutes a national network of mentors and scholars, in contrast to K12 programs that are based solely at a single applicant institution. The primary purpose of this FOA is to ensure that a pipeline of diverse and highly trained workforce is available in pediatric pharmacology-related clinical and biomedical fields that currently have a limited number of researchers. This FOA will support essential research career development opportunities and ensure “protected” time to pursue impactful research experiences for new faculty-level clinical pharmacologists, fostering the transition to productive highly skilled clinical pharmacologist investigators.


This initiative proposes to expand and strengthen the community of clinical pharmacologist investigators engaged in pediatric clinical pharmacology research.


Number of Proposals Allowed: 1 per institution is allowed.


Sponsor Deadline: 12/6/2022


Limited Submission Due: 10/14/2023


Funding Available: Application budgets are limited to $275,000 in direct costs per year.  The max project period is 5 years.


To Apply: 

  • Title of Proposed Activity
  • Name, department of PI and current NIH Biosketch
  • Names of other Key Personnel
  • Participating Institutions

Quantum Sensing Challenges for Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (QuSeC-TAQS) NSF 22-630

The Quantum Sensing Challenges for Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (QuSeC-TAQS) program supports interdisciplinary teams of three (3) or more investigators to explore highly innovative, original, and potentially transformative research on quantum sensing. The QuSeC-TAQS program supports coordinated efforts to develop and apply quantum sensor systems, with demonstrations resulting in proof of principle or field-testing of concepts and platforms that can benefit society. The QuSeC-TAQS program aligns with recommendations articulated in the strategy report, Bringing Quantum Sensors to Fruition, that was produced by the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science, under the auspices of the National Quantum Initiative.


Number of Proposals Allowed: 

  • Up to two (2) preliminary proposals and up to two (2) invited full proposals may be submitted per lead institution contingent to the requirement the proposed projects are in substantially different research areas.
  • The Principal Investigator (PI) must be a faculty member employed by the submitting organization. A minimum of one (1) PI and two (2) co-PIs must participate.


Sponsor Deadline: 12/16/2023 (preliminary proposal); 4/3/2023 (full proposal)


Limited Submission Due: 10/16/2022


Funding Available:  Each project team may receive support of up to a total of $2,500,000 over the project duration of 4 years.


To Apply:

  • Brief Project Overview (1 page) to include its scope and expected outcomes focusing on its interdisciplinary and transformative aspects. 
  • Title of the Proposed Project
  • List of Senior Personnel (minimum of 3 must participate)
  • Name of PI and current NSF Biosketch

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of their appointment (see below), and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $100,000.



  • Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, and are normally expected to have been appointed no earlier than mid-year 2017.
  • Awardees are from Ph.D. granting departments in which scholarly research is a principal activity. Undergraduate education is an important component.
  • Institutions may submit only one Camille Dreyfus nomination annually.
  • Renominations are accepted.


Number of Proposals Allowed: Institutions may submit only one Camille Dreyfus nomination annually. Renominations are accepted.


Sponsor Deadline: 2/1/2023


Limited Submission Due: 10/28/2022


Funding Available: $100,000. Of the total amount, $7,500 is for departmental expenses associated with research and education. 


To Apply:

  • A research statement including description of the nominee’s research accomplishments as an independent faculty member, and a description of proposed future research that will be enabled with the award (2 page maximum).
  • A statement intended to convince the reviewers of the nominee’s dedication to education in the chemical sciences (particularly undergraduates) (1 page maximum).
  • Budget (1 page maximum) describing how funds are anticipated to be used.
  • Previous submission feedback (optional)





Moore Inventor Fellows

The Moore Inventor Fellowship supports scientist-inventors who create new tools and technologies with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation's areas of interest: scientific discovery, environmental conservation and patient care.


Eligibility: 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 their terminal advanced degree in their field (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D. received on or after 2013). 


Number of Proposals Allowed: 2 per institution.


Sponsor Deadline:
 11/14/2022 (nominations due); 12/13/2022 (full application materials due)


Limited Submission Due: 10/15/2022


Funding Available: $200,000 per year from the foundation for three years. In addition, the foundation will provide the host institution with $25,000 each year to cover costs associated with administering the grant, resulting in a total three-year award of $675,000. Each host institution will be required to contribute $50,000 in annual direct support of the inventor’s work. This can be “in kind” as released time or access to special facilities for which there is normally a charge. We expect each fellow will be personally engaged in pursuing their invention and we require each fellow to devote at least 25 percent of their own time to their invention. Fellows may use the grant funds to support their own salary to create this opportunity. They may also hire research personnel and purchase services, equipment, or supplies. 


To Apply: Description of Invention (2 pg max) to include:

  • the main idea, it's stage of invention, current funding, feasibility (technical description), risk (describe any technical risks that night lower chances of success ans what you will do to mitigate these risks), potential impact of the invention for one of the three programmatic themes: science, environment, or patient care), and approach for measuring progress during the grant term. 
  • Figures and charts can be included within the total page length limits
  • Draft budget (1 pg max)
  • CV (2 pg abbreviated)

US National Awards: Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists recognize the United States' most promising faculty-rank researchers in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. The nominee must:

  • Have been born in or after 1981.
  • Hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).
  • Currently hold a tenured or tenure-track academic faculty position, or equivalent, at an invited institution in the United States.
  • Currently conduct research as a principal investigator in one of the disciplinary categories in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or Chemistry.


Number of Proposals Allowed: Each institution may submit up to three nominations, one in each disciplinary category of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.


Sponsor Deadline: 11/9/2022


Limited Submission Due: 10/10/2022


Funding Available: $250,000 in unrestricted funds.


To Apply: 

  • Cover Page should include: first and last name of nominee, department, date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy), nominees official title, disciplinary category (see Blavatnik 2023 list of Categories).  Include nominator name, title and contact information.
  • Rationale for Nomination: A statement from the nominator that explains why the nominee is being considered for nomination. This should detail the nominee’s strong record of significant independent scientific contributions, early career success, and promise of sustained or accelerated progress in the future. Max. 200 words.
  • Curriculum Vitae or Current NIH or NSF Biosketch

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