Limited Submissions FAQ

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RDS publishes the name of the PI selected for each Limited Submission opportunity on the Limited Submission Table on the Research Gateway. RDS seeks to coordinate Limited Submissions for the university to facilitate the best proposal submission from an institutional perspective and encourages communication between all interested applicants to a limited submission opportunity. That said, the choice to collaborate is at the discretion of the PI/Team that receives the ticket to proceed.

No. Deadlines for Limited Submission internal competitions are treated the same as funding deadlines for Federal agency sponsors, Foundations or other external funding sources. These opportunities are advertised widely and well in advance of the application deadlines. To maintain fairness for all, the deadline is firm and consistent for all applicants without exception.

Contact RDS during normal business hours (M-F, 9a-5p) at 621-8585 or email ResDev@email.arizona.edu for assistance using UA Competition Space or for questions regarding any Limited Submission internal competition.

Contact RDS as soon as possible so other potential applicants can move forward with a submission to the funder. Certain limited submissions are very competitive at UA, e.g. the National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program. If you receive the ticket to be the institutional submission for a competitive limited submission opportunity (i.e. an opportunity where there was competition for the permission) and you choose not to submit and you do not notify us within four weeks of the sponsor deadline of your decision, you will be ineligible to reapply in the following cycle.

Yes. Each opportunity is reviewed independently.

RDS publishes the name of the PI selected for each Limited Submission opportunity on the Limited Submission Table on the Research Gateway.

The information contained in a limited submission pre-proposal and the associated supplemental documents is considered highly confidential and all efforts will be made to ensure the fair, objective, and confidential review of each pre-proposal.  Review panel members are required to sign a conflict of interest statement prior to pre-proposal review and to adhere to strict guidelines to ensure confidentiality of the content of all limited submissions applications.

The Limited Submission opportunity will be listed in the Open category on the Limited Submission Table and the first expression of interest RDS receives will be accepted as the institutional submission. Expressions of interest must be sent to ResDev@email.arizona.edu and the date/time that the email is received will determine the order that expressions of interest are accepted.

The applicant must first appoint a proxy from their account. The applicant will need to login to establish the account, and then indicate that a proxy will submit. Visit UA Competition Space for more details

RDS makes every effort to have pre-proposals reviewed in a timely manner, usually within two weeks of the internal deadline. Our goal is to maximize the external proposal preparation time for selected researchers to submit to the sponsor for funding.

Yes. Review comments are provided to all applicants once the reviews are completed, and the ticket has been awarded.

Once you have received the “ticket” you should work with your department administrator and, if available, the RDS Associate designated to support the proposal development. All limited submissions submitted to an external funding agency or sponsor are handled through Sponsored Projects and Contracting Services.

Preproposals are archived within UA Competition Space and are not distributed or made publicly available. 

No. As the administrative office that coordinates and manages the review of Limited Submissions, RDS does not assist in proposal preparation for pre-proposals. However, RDS does provide proposal support, when available, for all “tickets” awarded through the Limited Submission process.

No. RDS does not publicly identify the members of the internal funding review panels or the specific members assigned to individual proposals or ad hoc reviewers. 

The pre-proposal requirements are designed to give a sufficient representation of a prospective project or proposal without over-burdening faculty/applicants. Think of the pre-proposal as an “elevator pitch.” 

All Limited Submission opportunities currently in a competition will be listed in UA Competition Space. You can log in and apply using your NetID. Most applications require both textbox entry of application information such as a summary, a significance statement, approach, and expected outcomes, as well as uploads in PDF format. RDS recommends logging in to the system to see what is required well in advance of the internal submission deadline.

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