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Limited Submission Process

View and apply for current Limited Submission competitions and review our policies and procedures.
Limited Submissions Landing Page

​​Limited Submissions are funding opportunities in which the sponsor only allows a specific and limited number of proposals from a given institution. Extra submissions can result in rejection of all submitted by that institution.

Our Process

Weekly Announcements

Staff from the U-M Office of Research curate,  announce, and facilitate these competitions and send a comprehensive message each week with all current limited submission opportunities and any calls for intent to submit.

When you see a funding opportunity in the communication that captures your interest:

  1. Link to our Limited Submissions website.
  2. Choose Apply.
  3. Follow the prompts to provide your contact information.
  4. If submitted correctly, you will receive a confirmation.
  5. Contact with any questions.

Polices and Procedures

  1. We cannot guarantee we will find and announce every limited funding opportunity.
  2. We sometimes learn of a limited opportunity belatedly. We will do our best to announce it within a reasonable time.
  3. If you find a funding opportunity of interest and believe it is limited, but do not see it here or in our archived emails, you still must follow our process. Let us know the opportunity you have found. This process is critical: extra submissions can result in the sponsor's rejection of all from the University of Michigan.
  4. If the sponsor deadline has not expired, you may be able to still apply. Contact us.
  5. We will try to work with all interested parties to achieve a satisfactory outcome.

Be sure to subscribe to our Limited Submissions and Call for Intent to Submit mailing list.

Weekly Announcements Example
Weekly Announcement Format for Limited Submissions and Calls for Intent to Submit

Troubleshooting and Things to Note

When applying, you will be prompted to login. If you are affiliated with the University of Michigan, you need to use your uniqname and Kerberos password. 

Limited Competitions

If you find a funding opportunity of interest and believe it is limited, you still must follow our process. Let us know the opportunity you have found. This process is critical: extra submissions can result in the sponsor's rejection of all from the University of Michigan.

Login Issues

Upon logging in for the first time, the following screen may appear. This is standard when we use third party services, and we need to adhere to University policies on those related sites. Just choose “Ask me again if information changes” and Confirm.

Program Changes

  • Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation no longer limits the number of appWebLogin Confirmationlications from an institution, so an internal selection process is no longer required.

Share Your Experience

We welcome your questions and feedback. Like you, we want to avoid paper trails, email threads, or missing data, or attachments in multiple places. We hope to make this process as seamless as possible. Thank you!


A group of raising hands The Call for Intent to Submit process relates to the many Limited Submission funding opportunities that exist -- about 250 funding opportunities each year from various sponsors.


We don't need to reserve competition dates for each opportunity if interest does not exist. So we prepare a weekly communication listing opportunities and asking for a show of hands to determine interest. If interest exceeds the sponsor's institutional limit, the U-M Office of Research may hold an internal Limited Submissions Competition and announce it at a later date.


Interested parties declare their interest in a Call for Intent to Submit and/or submit competition materials for a Limited Submission competition, through our InfoReady Limited Submissions website(link is external).

A Limited Submission is a funding opportunity in which the sponsor sets an institutional limit for the number of proposals it will accept. To participate, the University must organize to submit our most competitive proposal. This requires an internal competition. The process is critical; extra submissions can result in the rejection by the sponsor.

To be informed of the opportunities we have identified, you can sign up for our Weekly Call for Intent and Limited Submission communication. We now communicate both the Calls for Intent to Submit and the Limited Submissions in a single communication.


If UMOR opts to host an internal competition, we will announce it through email communications and on this website.


If you wish to submit a proposal for any of the following opportunities, select the opportunity, log in, follow the prompts, and choose Apply.


If, after the Limited Submission competition, you are selected as the institutional nominee, you will be provided with a system-generated notification that you can attach to your Proposal Approval Form (PAF) in the eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM) system.

References and Resources

The Research Administration Post (The RAP) and RAPid (immediate dispatch) Newsletters