Limited Submission Awards and Grants

For some funding opportunities, Federal agencies and Foundations limit the number of applications or nominations an institution may submit. When a call for proposals is "limited" the Office of Research Development (ORD) sends out a call for interest to the University Community. If more than the "limit" express interest, ORD uses an internal selection process to determine which application(s) will be submitted to the sponsor for funding consideration. The Office of Research Development monitors federal agency limited submission funding opportunity announcements and issues calls for applications via email to faculty on a regular basis. Please contact the Office of Research Development at if you have questions or are interested in applying to a federal limited submission program. For information on private foundation limited submission funding opportunities, please visit the UMass Amherst Foundation Relations website.     

Recurring Limited Submission Funding Opportunities from Federal Sponsors

This list highlights several recurring Federal limited submission programs and provides links to program information. Submission deadlines are not included because sponsors’ program timelines can (and often do) change and/or some programs may not be offered every year. This list is also not exhaustive as sponsors develop funding opportunities to meet their programmatic goals on an ongoing basis.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

S 10 Instrumentation Programs( Basic, Shared, & High-End)
Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1)
Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5)
Modern Equipment for Shared-use Biomedical Research Facilities (R24)
Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01)
The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00)
Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program (S10)
Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25)

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)                           

Grants for Arts: Challenge America
Grants for Arts: Our Town

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)             

Summer Stipends

National Science Foundation (NSF)                                     

Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program
Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)
Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)
NSF Scholarships in STEM (S-STEM)

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

NIFA Equipment Grants Program (EGP)
NIFA Women and Minorities in STEM Fields Program (WAMS)

U.S. Department of State                                                       

DRL Internet Freedom Annual Program Statements of Interest

Deadlines Title Sponsor Sponsor Deadline
May 24, 2024 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program National Science Foundation September 6, 2023