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Office of the Vice President for Research

Limited Submission Opportunities

Limited submission opportunities (LSOs) are opportunities for funding in which the sponsor has placed restrictions on the number of applications that may be submitted from an institution. The Office of the Vice President for Research coordinates LSOs from outside sponsors. (If an LSO is targeted to faculty within a School/Department, the VPR Office will defer to that unit for coordination.) To view and apply for open limited submission opportunities that the Office of the VPR is currently coordinating, please visit the limited submission competition page:

Limited Submission Competition Page

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To sign up for email alerts for all limited submission opportunities (LSOs) posted to the limited submission competition page, send an email to with the word subscribe as the only word in the Subject heading (do not use capital letters or other punctuation in the Subject heading).

Review Process

More information on the limited submission review process can be found here:, and in the documents found therein. To summarize, reviewers for individual limited submission opportunities are drawn from a standing committee of tenured faculty members who are nominated by the Schools and appointed by the VPR. Ad hoc committee members may also be invited to serve on specific panels based on their subject expertise and/or their experience with a particular sponsor or program. The internal review committee provides critical reviews of internal pre-proposals and makes recommendations for the pre-proposals that should go forward for external submission. The VPR office follows the best practice of many foundations and agencies and does not disclose the names of individual reviewers who contribute to a specific review panel. The limited submission team notifies individual internal applicants of their pre-proposal review results via email. The limited submission team notifies the Department, School, and Office of Sponsored Programs of the proposal(s) that will go forward for external submission via email


Please feel free to contact with questions.

For LSOs, it is the responsibility of the faculty member to check the limited submission competition page for internal deadlines and review processes before making plans to prepare proposals. 

If you are interested in applying for an LSO that is not on our list of LSOs, please bring it to our attention as soon as possible by contacting