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Limited Submissions

Limited Submission Opportunities (LSO) are extramural funding opportunities that limit the number applications submitted per institution. Researchers interested in submitting to a specific LSO must apply to an internal competition and be selected for full proposal submission to the opportunity's sponsor. Internal competitions help verify the eligibility of an applicant and ensure that another application has not already been selected to submit to a specific limited submission opportunity. 

How to Apply

The University of Utah uses InfoReady Review software to host and manage all internal competitions for LSOs. The VPR Office attempts to identify available limited submission opportunities, and provide internal competitions for institutional selection, in a timely manner. However, identifying every possible opportunity in advance is unfeasible, and requires collaboration with the UofU Research Community. Investigators who wish to apply to a LSO that is NOT published in the UofU LSO Portal should contact as soon as they become aware of the opportunity, and prior to submitting any pre-application or LOI information to the program's sponsor. This email notification should include the sponsor, program title, first available deadline (LOI and/or application deadline) and a link to the solicitation. Failure to comply with this internal submission process may lead to the automatic rejection of a proposal selected by the University of Utah (see University Best Practices for LSO Internal Competitions for more details.)

A list of available LSOs that the VPR Office has created internal competitions for can be found on the UofU LSO Portal. Active internal competitions for LSOs are listed in the opportunity grid. The opportunities have one of three statuses:

  • OPEN: The internal competition is open and accepting applications. All interested applicants should click on the opportunity title for more details about the internal competition or required application materials.
  • EXTENDED: The internal deadline has passed for an opportunity BUT one or more application slots remains open. These opportunities remain open until filled or until the opportunity's external deadline passes. Interested applicants should email for instructions to compete for the remaining allowable submission slot(s).
  • CLOSED: The internal deadline has passed for an opportunity and all allowable submission slots have been filled.

You can click on the "Category" header on the grid to the left to filter these opportunities by status.

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Limited Submissions

Foundation-Sponsored Limited Submission Opportunities

The University of Utah Foundation Relations team manages a number limited submission opportunities sponsored by various Foundations each year. Foundations Limited Submissions are reviewed by a Foundations LSO Committee that selects applications most likely to:

  • Perpetuate success for the University;
  • Assist the selected faculty member in advancing their research; and
  • Meet the goals and expectations of the sponsor

All upcoming Foundations Limited Submissions are listed below, with links to the InfoReady internal competition for each program. Interested faculty members must apply to the internal competition and be selected by the LSO Committee for each program. Please contact Daniel Hadley if you have questions about applying for an opportunity listed below. Additional foundations funding opportunities can be found on the foundation relations website.

Fall 2023 Funding Opportunities
Internal Deadline
Program Description

April 14, 2023
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The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. One application per institution. Amount: $350,000

April 14, 2023
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Brain Research Foundation has invited eligible US academic institutions to nominate one senior faculty member (Associate and Full Professor) to submit a Letter of Intent for the Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). Brain Research Foundation’s Scientific Innovations Award Program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators. One application per institution. Amount: $150,000

April 14, 2023
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The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level. One application per institution. Amount: $300,000

April 14, 2023
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The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry. Two applications per institution. Amount: $300,000.