Limited Competitions

Limited competitions are coordinated by the Office of Research Development. Please direct inquiries to Jason Charland, Director of the Office of Research Development, at 581- 2461, or

Before submitting a pre-proposal for a limited competition, please review the limited competitions policy, which establishes the procedure to be followed when a sponsor limits the number of proposals that may be submitted by any one institution in response to a solicitation. Current limited competitions are noted in the registry below. If you are interested in a limited competition not currently on the registry, please contact Jason Charland. To compete in a limited competition please submit a notice of intent through PARS and complete the pre-proposal application by the pre-proposal deadline. The pre-proposal competition will include committee review, after which candidates will be notified if they are continuing to the full proposal submission.

Current and Upcoming Limited Competitions

Sponsor NOI Deadline Pre-proposal Deadline Full proposal deadline Synopsis Notice of Intent Pre-application
NSF MRI 10/26/18  11/19/2018  01/22/2019 The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. PARS NOI must be submitted by the NOI deadline. If more PIs submit an NOI than the competition allows, an internal competition will be held and a pre-application will be required. Be sure to select the “limited competition” box when submitting the NOI. In the event an internal competition is required, information will be listed here. PIs who submitted an NOI will be notified via email if they need to submit a pre-application. Contact with questions.