What is a Limited Submission?

Funding agencies can restrict the number of proposals an institution may submit to a particular funding program (i.e., X proposals allowed for the entire university). These opportunities are referred to as limited submissions. These programs require the institution to hold an internal competition to determine which proposal(s) will be submitted. Once a limited submission moves to a competition stage, it becomes a limited competition (LC).

How It Works

Review the limited competition and confirm your eligibility.

Please review the opportunity carefully and ensure that you meet all the required criteria.

Submit a brief internal letter of intent (LOI).

Letters of intent should provide an overview of the proposed project in 2-5 sentences.

Letters of intent help streamline the competition process. Depending on deadlines, there are either one or two weeks between the announcement of a new LC and when the internal LOI is due. The letter of intent is due by 11:59 pm on the date of the UVM deadline. If the number of LOIs received does NOT exceed the institutional limit, the applicant(s) will be notified that they are able to proceed as soon as possible.

If the number of LOIs received exceeds the institutional limit for a given competition, Research Development will subsequently solicit pre-proposals from applicants and host an internal competition in which pre-proposals will be reviewed by UVM faculty, including, but not limited to: Deans or Associate Deans for Research, members of the OVPR Research Advisory Committee, or other UVM faculty with expertise in related disciplines. The selected applicant(s) will be informed that they are able to proceed with a full application to the funding agency; declined applicants will also be notified. Research Development will notify Sponsored Projects Administration of the name of the applicant(s) who are selected as the institutional applicant(s).

If a limited competition moves into a pre-proposal stage, it will be made available on InfoReady soon after the internal LOI deadline.


Limited Submissions Soliciting LOIs


Submit a Letter of Intent


Limited Submissions that did not receive an internal letter of intent

Limited submissions that did not receive an internal letter of intent during the two week period will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.



Limited Submissions that have not been advertised.

Due to the increasing number of limited submissions being released, Research Development is not able to announce all of them. If you find a limited submission that was not advertised in the funding newsletter, please fill out the LOI form and choose "Other" underneath Title of Funding Opportunity.

Submit a Letter of Intent


Active limited competitions can be found on the UVM InfoReady Review Portal.

InfoReady Review Portal