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Limited Submission Opportunities

A variety of external sponsoring agencies offer research, career, scholar, or educational funding opportunities that limit the number of applications that can be submitted from a single institution.

To successfully increase funding opportunities available to the UMBC faculty, an internal selection process has been established by OVPR to assist with limited submission opportunities.

The Research Office makes every attempt to identify limited submission opportunities and provide information on limited submissions in a timely manner; however, if a researcher should identify a limited submission that is not listed, please forward the announcement to

For more information please contact: 

Dr. Don Engel 
Assistant Vice President for Research

Internal Selection Process — Researchers who are interested in submitting a proposal to a limited submission opportunity are required to submit an internal proposal for internal review and selection.

E-mail the internal proposal (three page max) and an appropriately formatted CV (e.g., NSF format for an NSF opportunity) to by 5:00 p.m. on the internal deadline date. Internal proposals do not need to be routed but should include budgets. Your department or college may be able to assist you in preparing these budgets. For opportunities where UMBC must provide matching funds, please attempt to obtain obligations from campus units who will contribute toward the match for your proposal. Such commitments will make your internal proposal stronger.

A confirmation notice will be forwarded upon receipt of your internal proposal. If you do not receive a confirmation within three business days, please contact Don Engel.

Limited Solicitations with Upcoming Deadlines

Internal Deadline External Deadline Sponsor Program Notes
Oct 2, 2018 Jan 22, 2019 NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) In addition to the standard 3-page internal proposal, please find sources for one third of the required 30% institutional match.

Limited Solicitations with Past Deadlines

Internal Deadline External Deadline Sponsor Program Notes
Jan 15, 2018 May 1, 2018 W. M. Keck Foundation W. M. Keck Foundation Grants 
Apr 24, 2018 May 24, 2018 NIH Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity (ESTEEMED) Research Education Experiences (R25)
Jun 9, 2018 Jul 9, 2018 NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) In lieu of the standard 3-page internal proposal, submit your NIH Letter of Intent to both NIH and to
Aug 1, 2018 Sep 26, 2018 NEH Summer Stipend Program In lieu of the standard 3-page internal proposal, please see
Aug 22, 2018 Sep 27, 2018 NSF Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program
Aug 31, 2018 Nov 7, 2018 NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
 Sep 5, 2018 Nov 26, 2018 (Letter of Intent)  NSF National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program In lieu of the standard 3-page internal proposal, please provide a draft Letter of Intent (follow the content and length limits of the NSF solicitation)