Limited Submission Opportunities

Programs that allow only one or a small number of proposals to be forwarded from a given institution to a sponsoring agency are known as Limited Submission Opportunities. The program guidelines require the institution to internally screen applications and determine which research project(s) will go forward to the agency. At LSU, this responsibility lies with the Office of Research & Economic Development (ORED).

Limited Submission Competitions

When limited submission programs come to the attention of ORED at LSU, we will coordinate a Limited Submission Competition, with the relevant program data posted on our internal grants & competitions portal and forwarded through our Research Funding Newsletter. LSC Process: Call for Letters of Intent, Call for Pre-Proposals, Internal Peer ReviewGenerally, ORED requests an internal Letter of Intent (LOI) from any faculty member interested in the program. Once LOIs have been collected, a pre-proposal will be requested of each applicant if there are more applicants than slots available. Pre-proposals will be peer-reviewed and the approved applicant will be selected on that basis. If there are an insufficient number of Letters of Intent, applicants will be approved on a first-to-apply basis.

All LOI must be submitted through the InfoReady Internal Grants & Competitions page. Competitions will be added to the InfoReady portal approximately two weeks before the internal LOI deadline whenever possible.

RFPs Limited by Research Topic

Sponsors, such as NIH, have included the following statement in their announcements:

“Applicant organizations may submit more than one application, provided that each application is scientifically distinct”

This language means that institutions like LSU may submit more than one application as long as the research topics are sufficiently distinct. ORED will not host Limited Submission Competitions for proposals with this language. PIs are encouraged to contact their home department when submitting proposals for which this stipulation is included in the announcement to see if other proposals may be in development. ORED can be consulted if assistance is needed in the review/selection process.

Other Opportunities

Should you identify a limited opportunity of interest that has not yet been announced by ORED, please contact our office with the name of the competition and a link to or PDF of the funding announcement as soon as possible.

For more information about the limited submission process, visit the Limited Submissions Guidelines page. If you have questions regarding the limited submission process, please contact Office of Research Advancement (