Division of Research

Limited Submissions are Grant programs, which accept only a fixed number of applications or nominations from a given institution. Many funding agencies have programs that place limits on the number of applications they will accept. To coordinate submissions by the University of Maryland, College Park the following guidelines have been established.

Finding the Funding Program

Current programs will be posted on the limited submission calendar under Open Programs with the UMD campus deadline listed first. An archive of past programs is available under Closed Programs. Be sure to check the calendar often; new programs will be added as the information becomes available. While we make every effort to list all limited submission programs on this website, programs may exist that are limited but not on this list. Please inform Anne Geronimo (see below) of any such programs as soon as possible.

Internal Submissions

The internal letter of intent or internal pre-proposal must be submitted to the Division of Research (DVR) by 5:00p.m. EST on the date specified as the internal deadline on the Limited Submissions Calendar. Letters of Intent or Pre-proposals must be submitted via the "APPLY" link found on the Limited Submissions Calendar as a single PDF file.

Faculty Guidance: Understanding the Limited Submission Evaluation Process

In addition to the scientific review panel, which provides guidance on the technical and intellectual merit of the proposed project, the Vice President for Research considers additional factors when evaluating your submission.  To provide additional transparency into this part of the limited submission process, the following information is being shared with all university faculty. The hope of this document is to better communicate the totality of the evaluative process that occurs during the limited submission review process.

Please note that the following questions are not meant to be exhaustive, but reflect key questions and factors that will be examined on all limited submissions proposals:

  • The technical and intellectual merit of the proposed submission.
  • Does the PI have a history of interaction with the specific agency directorate to which they are applying?
  • Does the PI have a successful funding history with the specific agency/agency directorate to which they are applying?
  • Has the PI applied previously to the same program, does the subsequent submission address key deficiencies from the previous proposal?
  • Is the composition of the proposed team nationally competitive?
  • If appropriate, has the PI developed meaningful and substantial interactions with key external partners (i.e. federal labs, corporations, other universities, medical centers, etc)?
  • Is the scope of proposed work feasible, and does it respond to the key, essential components of the RFP?

Specific guidance for larger (i.e. ERC, STC) or highly competitive (IGERT, PIRE, IUCRC) program proposals:

  • Is the proposal truly transformative to the proposed discipline(s)?
  • Is the proposal not redundant to, or significantly overlap with a center that is currently funded by the agency to which you are applying?
  • Has the PI developed significant and substantial interactions with key partners?
  • Has the PI justified why each of the partners is vital to your submission?

If a campus selection process is needed due to more pre-proposals than an agency allows the limited submission listing will be marked as "Pending." If the number of participants does not exceed the number of allowable submissions no internal competition will be necessary. If the DVR receives more applications than are allowed by the agency, an internal, peer-review by appropriate senior faculty and the Vice President for Research will be conducted to determine which proposals will go forward.

Questions and comments should be directed to Anne Geronimo, Director, Research Development and Program Coordinator at 301-405-4178 or geronimo@umd.edu.