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Limited Submissions

The Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development 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.

View a list of limited submission opportunities recently announced by ORIED and the internal deadlines for receipt of a Notification of Interest (NOI).

Anyone wishing to apply to a limited submission solicitation that is not posted on our website should contact immediately. ORIED will review the sponsor guidelines, evaluate the funding scope, and determine the need for an internal solicitation.

NOIs must be submitted through InfoReady. For most limited submission opportunities, when a sponsor releases the funding opportunity announcement, ORIED distributes an internal announcement through the Limited Submission Mailing ListFunding Opportunities Digest, and other distribution lists.

The internal announcement includes a brief description of the opportunity, a link to the original solicitation, and instructions for faculty interested in submitting a Notification of Interest (NOI) to the opportunity. If the number of NOIs received exceeds the limit set by the sponsor, ORIED will coordinate an internal review. Faculty who submit an NOI by the deadline will be notified if an internal review is required along with instructions for preparing and submitting additional competition materials.

ORIED will identify internal reviewers who, in turn, will make a recommendation to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Innovation and Initiatives (AVCRII). The AVCRD makes the final decision regarding which proposals will be submitted by UT Knoxville.

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.

To receive e-mail notifications when new Limited Submission opportunities are posted, sign up for the Limited Submissions Mailing List. If you have any questions about the limited submission process, please contact Hannah Schmidt at