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Solicitations that Limit the Number of Proposals an Organization Can Submit

These solicitations have limits on the number of proposals that may be submitted by one organization. To see the full solicitation, please click on the appropriate solicitation number below.

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Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I Solicitation FY-2013 12-605 12/03/2012 2

An organization can only submit a total of two proposals for this solicitation. If more than two proposals are submitted by a single organization, the additional proposals will be returned without review.

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Critical Zone Observatory National Office 12-595 07/16/2013 1

Collaborative Proposals submitted as separate submissions from multiple organizations are NOT allowed for this competition.

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Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I Solicitation FY-2013 12-592 10/20/2012 2

An organization may not submit more than two (2) proposals. If more than two (2) proposals are submitted, the additional proposals will be returned without review.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology 12-497 10/30/2012 See next
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Only individuals may apply. There is no limit on the number of applicants that an institution may host.
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Innovation Corps - Regional Node Program 12-586 10/19/2012 1
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ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers 12-584 10/05/2012 1

Proposer organizations may submit only one Institutional Transformation proposal or one IT-Catalyst proposal.  There is no limit on the number of PAID proposals that can be submitted.

 

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Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity 12-578 09/26/2012 1

Lead academic institutions are limited to participation on one proposal as a lead institution.  A lead academic institution may NOT participate as a subawardee on any other proposal submitted under this solicitation. A lead academic institution, however, may be a partner (not receiving funding) on another proposal or may provide consultants to another proposal submitted under this solicitation.

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Critical Zone Observatories 12-575 02/05/2013 1 Collaborative Proposals submitted as separate submissions from multiple organizations are NOT allowed for this competition. Instead, any proposal to the CZO solicitation should be a single submission that includes sub-award support for all partner organizations that are requesting funding from NSF. Any one institution may submit only one CZO proposal as Lead institution.
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EarthScope: SAFOD Management Office (SMO) 12-574 09/24/2012 1
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Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research 12-571 11/13/2012 See next
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Tribal Colleges and Universities Program 12-568 09/25/2012 See next
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Eligible institutions may receive only one Planning Grant.  Eligible institutions may receive consecutive, but not concurrent, Instructional Capacity Excellence in TCUP Institutions awards.   There is no limit on the number of Targeted STEM Infusion Projects, Catalyzing Opportunities in Research and Education, or Broadening Participation Research projects per TCUP-eligible institution.
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Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections 12-565 10/19/2012 1

Only one TCN proposal may be submitted by any one organization as the lead organization. Organizations may be involved in more than one collaborative effort as a non-lead proposal.

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Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) 12-564 10/05/2012 See next
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Alliances (including B2B) and BD: 1 

Broadening Participation Research in STEM Education:  No limit.

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EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1: 12-563 10/03/2012 1

Only one Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-1: (RII Track-1) proposal may be submitted in response to this solicitation by the designated fiscal agent/proposing organization, acting on behalf of a jurisdiction's EPSCoR steering committee.

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Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate 12-554 10/30/2012 See next
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AGEP:

  • AGEP-Transformation - An institution or organization may serve as the lead on one AGEP-Transformation collaborative proposal. An institution or organization may be a partner in multiple AGEP-Transformation projects.  Each AGEP-Transformation alliance partner must simultaneously submit proposals as part of one collaborative proposal. (See Chapter II, Section D.4.b for guidance in the preparation of collaborative proposals submitted as separate submissions from multiple organizations.) Institutions and organizations involved in AGEP-Transformation projects may also participate in AGEP-KAT and AGEP-BPR projects.
  • AGEP-KAT and AGEP-BPR - There are no limits on the number of proposals that can be submitted.

BPS-RN:

  • BPS-RN - There are no limits on the number of proposals that can be submitted.
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Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (RISE) 12-533 10/17/2012 See next
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Only one CREST Center proposal may be submitted per eligible institution. An institution may have only one active CREST award, irrespective of focus area. Centers that have completed two prior, consecutive 5-year CREST awards may not recompete. However, new research teams from former awardee institutions may submit proposals in disciplinary areas that are significantly different from those of the previous award(s).

Only one HBCU-RISE proposal may be submitted per eligible institution. An institution may have only one active HBCU-RISE award.

There is no limit to the number of proposals that may be submitted to the CREST-BPR track.  Eligible institutions may submit a proposal along the BPR track to other programs in the HRD Division, which offer that track.

 

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NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics 12-529 08/13/2013 See next
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An Institution may submit one proposal from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an eligible field. See Section IV.A. for details.
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Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program 12-516 09/28/2012 See next
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Any institution may submit multiple-university center proposals provided that the proposed research topics involve different disciplines and support different industries.

Grantee institutions that have an active single university I/UCRC award are not eligible to apply for another single university center; however, they may apply for a multi-university center.

A center site may apply for a Phase II (years 6 through 10) proposal if it meets the Phase II minimum requirements specified in the solicitation as well as having satisfactorily completed the Phase I (years 1 through 5). 

A center site may apply for a Phase III (years 11 through 15)  proposal if it meets the minimum Phase III requirements specified in the solicitation as well as having satisfactorily completed the Phase II (years 6 through 10).

Graduated centers who have successfully completed a Phase II award within the last 10 years may apply for a Phase III award. 

 

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Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories 12-505 12/14/2012 See next
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Only one proposal may be submitted on behalf of any single facility per round of the FSML competition. This limitation does not prevent a single institution from submitting more than one proposal, as long as each proposal is submitted on behalf of a different eligible facility.
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Fundamental Research Program for Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers 11-570 02/06/2013 See next
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One proposal per center. All sites must submit a collaborative proposal that is part of the same integrated research experimental plan of the center. The total budget for all site submissions from a center cannot exceed the maximum award.

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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring 11-563 06/05/2013 See next
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None.

Multiple programs or individuals from the same institution may be nominated.  However each program or individual may be nominated only one time per competition.

Former Organizational award recipients of the PAESMEM award are not eligible.

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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program 11-550 12/10/2012 See next
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An institution that awards baccalaureate degrees is allowed to submit only one Type 1 proposal, or to be part of only one consortium submitting a Type 1 proposal.  An institution that awards associate degrees, and does not award baccalaureate degrees, is allowed to be the lead institution on only one Type 1 proposal, and, in addition, may be a partner on one or more Type 1 proposals.  There are no restrictions on the number of Type 2 proposals that an individual or organization may submit.

Exception: If an institution is submitting a proposal under the "Special Funding Focus on Retention in Engineering and Computer Science" (see Program Description for details), it may also submit a second proposal under Type 1, either individually or as part of a consortium.

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Ethics Education in Science and Engineering 11-514 03/01/2013 See next
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An eligible organization, as defined above, may submit only one proposal as the lead organization. Organizations submitting more than one proposal as the lead organization will be notified and given one week from notification to select one proposal for consideration. If one is not selected in that time period, all of those proposals will be returned without review. There is no limit on the number of proposals under which an organization may be included as a non-lead collaborator or sub-awardee.
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Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science 11-509 10/01/2012 3 Three site proposals may be submitted per competition by a U.S. academic institution, College/Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, or Computer and Information Science as the lead institution. 
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Major Research Instrumentation Program: 11-503 01/24/2013 See next
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Three (3) as described below.

If three proposals are submitted, at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development (i.e., no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition). 

To ensure a balanced instrumentation award portfolio at diverse organizations, across varied research topics, and in support of a broadly inclusive science and engineering workforce across the entire Nation, the MRI program requires that an MRI-eligible organization may, as a performing organization, submit or be included as a significantly funded1 subawardee in no more than three MRI proposals.  To promote instrumentation development, the program requires that if an organization submits or is included as a significantly funded1 subawardee in three MRI proposals, at least one of the three proposals must be for instrument development. 

NSF reserves the right to carefully examine development proposals to ensure that they meet the requirements for this proposal type (see Section II).  If a proposal submitted as development is deemed to be an acquisition proposal, the proposal will be returned without review if any of the organizations involved have already submitted two acquisition proposals.

1An unfunded collaboration does not count against the submission limit.  Inclusion as a funded subawardee on a development proposal at a level in excess of 20% of the total budget request from NSF, or on any acquisition proposal, will be counted against an organization's proposal submission limit.  However, if a subaward to an organization in a development proposal is 20% or less of the proposal's total budget request from NSF, the subawardee's submission limit will not be affected.    For subawards within a linked collaborative proposal, the 20% threshold applies to the budget request from NSF in the proposal containing the subaward(s), not to the combined budget request from NSF for the collaborative project.

Note: The 30% cost-sharing requirement applies to only the portion of the total project cost budgeted to non-exempt organization(s), including those participating through subawards. Cost-sharing is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations.  Non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education are exempt from the cost-sharing requirement.  See section V.B. for specific information on cost-sharing calculations and the solicitation text for definitions of organizational types used for the MRI program.

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Instrument Development for Biological Research 10-563 07/26/2013 See next
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