Certain funding organizations limit the number of proposals that UH Mānoa can submit for a particular extramural research opportunity.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship (OVPRS) oversees the internal selection process to identify the strongest candidates for these limited submission opportunities.

The OVPRS is responsible for coordinating the timely review of internal candidates and for notifying all applicants of the outcomes. Applicants will be asked to submit pre-proposal information to assist in the selection process.

The OVPRS monitors the recurring funding opportunities that limit the number of applications per application cycle. The list provided below as a service to PIs, but is not comprehensive. If you are aware of an upcoming opportunity that limits the number of applicants but is not listed, please notify the OVPRS.

Disclaimer on LSO approvals

The VPRS or AVPRS may approve certain LSO requests on a first-come-first serve basis where circumstances prevent an internal competition from being held, such as, but not limited to less than 20 working days to the agency submission deadline, or a LSO with very specific requirements on eligibility where they may be only one candidate. Proposals received by the OVPRS for unannounced LSO’s after UHM has reached its maximum number of submissions will be rejected and cannot be submitted.

The following guidance applies to all limited submission opportunities regardless of sponsor (Federal, Foundation, etc.).

If the limited submission restriction is a “per campus” limitation and there are more interested submitters than there are slots available, an internal competition for the UHM PIs will be held by the OVPRS at the UHM.

If the limited submission restriction is a “per institution” (i.e., one per all ten campuses) limitation and there are more interested submitters than there are slots available, a systemwide competition will be held by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI). The UHM OVPRS contact, Anna Babakhanyan will coordinate obtaining notices of interest from each interested UHM PI (but the UH System will run the competition). For more information please contact Anna Babakhanyan.

For limited submissions that do not have eligibility that is “Campus or System” please refer to the OVPRI Research Lifecycle – Proposal Development for guidance. 

UH Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

Sponsor Program Internal Deadline Sponsor Deadline Status Campus or System Eligibility/Limitations How to Apply
NEH NEH Summer Stipends 30-Apr-24 September 18, 2024 Active Soliciation Pending ORS determination 2 per campus
National Science Foundation NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program: Instrument Acquisition or Development NSF 23-519 27-Jun-24 3pm HST Oct 15, 2024 to Nov 15, 2024 Active Solicitation Campus 2 submissions in Track 1, 1 submission in Track 2, and 1 in Track 3
NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program 28-June-24 3pm HST September 6, 2024 Active System 2 per organization
NSF Accelerating Research Translation (ART) 28-June-24 3pm HST September 18, 2024 Active System 1 per organization
NEH Graduate Education in the Humanities: A National Convening 2024o806-CHC 18-Jun-24 3pm HST August 6, 2024 Active Waiting ORS confirmation 1 per organization

*Active solicitation means there is an active solicitation.
Pending solicitation means a new solicitation is anticipated.
Archived solicitation means there is no current solicitation. These LSO’s may appear in the table for planning purposes.

All other limited submission opportunities can be found in the Other LSO’s
Limited submission opportunities that do not have current solicitations can be found in the Archived LSO’s