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Limited Submission Opportunities

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Direct questions about announcements to:
James Mazzouccolo
Office of Research & Engagement
(865) 974-2450

The Office of Research and Engagement (ORE) oversees the process by which proposals are selected for submission by the university in response to federal, private, and corporate funding solicitations that limit the number of proposals that can be submitted per applicant institution. Below is a list of limited submission opportunities recently announced by ORE and the internal deadlines for receipt of a Notification of Interest (NOI). Please be aware that the list is not comprehensive. Anyone wishing to apply to a limited submission solicitation that is not posted on our website should contact immediately. ORE will review the sponsor guidelines, evaluate the funding scope, and determine the need for an internal solicitation.

NOIs must be sent to and be received by 12 noon on the date specified for the particular award opportunity. The normal process for proposal selection is outlined on the Management of Limited Submission Funding Opportunities page.  Exceptions to this process are made in certain situations, for example, when the deadline is short, when the program is highly focused, or when an opportunity reflects a strategic priority and/or requires significant institutional commitment.

The National Science Foundation maintains a comprehensive listing of their limited submissions opportunities.

Current and Expired Opportunities


Date Posted



Internal NOI by 12PM

Agency Due Date



6/12/2017 Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative HHS 6/19/2017 8/01/2017 3 Accepting NOI
 6/6/2017  NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)  NSF  6/16/2017  1/10/2018 3  Accepting NOI
5/18/2017 2018 Mallinkrodt Grants EMF 5/26/2017 8/01/2017 1 NOI Deadline Passed – Competition Underway
5/18/2017 2017 Arts Build Communities (ABC) Grants TAC 5/25/2017 6/30/2017 1 NOI Deadline Passed – Applicant Cleared
5/10/2017 2018 Pew Biomedical Scholars Pew 5/24/2017 10/23/2017 1  NOI Deadline Passed – Competition Underway
5/15/2017 AFRI – Education and Literacy Initiative: REEU USDA 5/17/2017 6/28/2017 3 NOI Deadline Passed – Applicant Cleared
5/15/2017 AFRI – Education and Literacy Initiative: PD-STEP USDA 5/17/2017 6/28/2017 3 NOI Deadline Passed
 5/01/2017 NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5)  NIH 5/15/2017 9/22/2017  2  NOI Deadline Passed
 4/18/2017  Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program  HRSA  4/26/2017  6/12/2017 2  NOI Deadline Passed – Applicant Cleared
3/21/2017  Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes)  NSF  4/05/2017  9/18/2017 1  NOI Deadline Passed – Applicant Cleared
3/16/2017 Aetna 2017 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program AET  3/24/2017 4/14/2017 1  NOI Deadline Passed – Applicant Cleared
 2/24/2017 Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25)  NIH  3/03/2017  5/31/2017  1  NOI Deadline Passed – Applicant Cleared
 2/02/2017 Tomorrow’s Internet Project Office (TIPOFF) NSF 2/15/2017 5/02/2017 1 NOI Deadline Passed
 2/02/2017 Trinity Health Foundation (Large Grants)  THF  2/08/2017 3/29/2017  1 NOI Deadline Passed – Competition Underway
 12/06/2016 Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) NSF 12/13/2016 3/01/2017 2  NOI Deadline Passed – Applicants Cleared to Submit
 12/06/2016  Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation – Scientific Software Innovation Institutes  NSF  12/13/2016  4/11/2017  1  NOI Deadline Passed
11/23/2016 Tennessee Arts Commission Arts Project Support / Rural Arts Project Support (APS & RAPS) TAC 12/02/2016 1/23/2017 1  NOI Deadline Passed – Competition Underway
11/23/2016 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards ORAU 12/02/2016 1/09/2017 2  NOI Deadline Passed – Competition Underway
11/22/2016 NSF INCLUDES – Design and Development  NSF  12/01/2016  2/14/2017  1 Applicant Cleared to Submit
11/01/2016 NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) NSF 11/18/2016 3/29/2017 2 NOI Deadline Passed – Applicants Cleared to Submit
10/21/2016 FY2017 General Scientific Infrastructure Support for CINR DOE 10/28/2016 11/23/2016 1 Applicant Cleared to Submit
 10/18/2016 Brain Research Foundation: Fay/Frank 2017 Seed Grant  BRF  10/25/2016  1/04/2017  1 Applicant Cleared to Submit
10/03/2016 Innovation Corps- National Innovation Network Sites Program (I-Corps Sites) NSF 10/10/2016 2/09/2017 1  NOI Deadline Passed
10/03/2016 Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) NSF 10/10/2016 2/15/2017 1 Applicant Cleared to Submit
 9/19/2016 Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Integrated Systems (SNM-IS)  NSF  9/26/2016  1/13/2017  1  NOI Deadline Passed

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