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    Funding Opportunities & Proposal Development

    Funding Opportunities

    Search: GrantForward Funding Opportunities Database

    Faculty and students may find funding both within and without IIT.

    Internal Funding

    External Funding

    Fellowships and Scholarships


    Did you know? Becoming a reviewer of research proposal applications is one of the best way to learn what funders are looking for!  Use these links to learn more about becoming a grant reviewer:



    NSF's Merit Review Process:
    Limited Submission Grants- Internal Deadlines


    Program Title

    Institutional Limit

    Internal Deadline

    Letter of Intent Deadline

    Sponsor Deadline

    NSF 14-605: Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (2015 - 2019) (NHERI) 2 10/3/2014 11/6/2014 12/3/2014
    NSF 14-602: IUSE / Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments  2 10/3/2014 10/28/2014 11/26/2014
    NSF 14-600: Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships 3 11/14/2014 6/16/2015
    NSF 14-594: Management and Operation of the Gemini Observatory   1 10/1/2014 11/28/2014 2/27/2015
    NSF 14-587: Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) 1 9/26/2014 5/15/2015
    NSF 13-517: Major Research Instrumentation Program: (MRI) Instrument Acquisition or Development 3 10/3/2014 1/22/2015
    NSF 14-573: ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) 1 Passed Passed 9/22/2014
    NSF 14-570: Theory Institute in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 1 6/26/2014 12/8/2014
    NSF 14-569: Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Translation  (PFI: AIR-TT)  Refer to Website Passed Passed 10/2/2014


    14-553:  EarthScope National Office  (ESNO)





    13-594:  Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program  (I/UCRC)

    Refer to Website





    13-589:  Oceanographic Facilities and Equipment Support

    Refer to Website




    13-569:  Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections  (ADBC)





    13-557: Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR)


    TBD 2015



    12-586:  Innovation Corps - Regional Node Program  (I-Corps Node)


    TBD 2015


    Competition Guidelines for Limited Submission Grants

    Some sponsors have limits on the number of proposals that may be submitted from an organization. In these cases, an internal selection process is required to determine which proposals will go forward. When the number of abstracts received is more than the number of proposals allowed per the solicitation, an internal competition will be necessary.

    The process described below is the result of input from faculty and discussions between the associate deans, department chairs, deans of the various colleges and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. The purpose of this document is to outline the internal review process for limited submission proposals. The goal of this process is to ensure that proposals are reviewed in both a fair and competitive manner. This will also allow the Vice Provost for Research to select a pool of reviewers with the proper expertise to present a strong candidate or team to move forward.

    1. Overall Process
      The process for submitting and selecting proposals for limited submissions is a three-step process.

      1. PIs submit a three page abstract to ORCPD for consideration in the internal competition
      2. If necessary, Vice Provost for Research, or his or her, designee convenes an internal panel to review properly submitted abstracts
      3. If selected in the internal competition, the PI submits a full proposal to the sponsor

      The Office of Research Compliance and Proposal Development (ORCPD) will update and post the announcements on the ORCPD website.

      All submissions of abstracts and supporting documents are to be sent to All abstracts must be received by 5:00 pm (CST) of the stated deadline date in order to be eligible.

    2. Review Panel
      The internal review panel may include the associate deans, department chairs, former chairs, center or institute directors or other faculty. Each participant in the review panel will have a faculty appointment or have had faculty experience. This panel will meet to discuss the relative merits of the abstract and to recommend the abstract(s) to be invited to submit. The goal of the review panel’s effort will be to identify the very best proposal(s) to send from the university to the funding agency. On rare occasions, the panel’s recommendations may not be accepted by the Vice Provost for Research based on University priorities or best interests. The panel will be notified of such changes should this occur.

    3. Abstracts
      Researchers will submit an abstract following the guidelines listed below via email to the Office of  Research Compliance and Proposal Development (ORCPD). ORCPD will review the abstracts to make sure they meet internal deadlines and formatting requirements. Any abstracts which do not follow the template will be rejected. This format is required in order to assist the review panel in making an equitable, informed decision.

    Abstract Guidelines
    Abstracts should be no more than three (3) pages and follow the NSF guidelines for margins, spacing and fonts.

    All abstracts must contain the following:

    1. Sponsor & solicitation number (if known),
    2. PI and all personnel (including co-PIs, senior personnel, subcontractors, etc.) and their affiliation (any additional personnel not listed in the abstract will require prior approval by the Dean of the appropriate College before they can be added to the proposal)
    3. Full title of the proposal
    4. Start and end dates of grant period
    5. A detailed budget for the entire project. Budget template.
    6. If cost share is mandatory, supporting documentation from the appropriate source should be provided. If cost share is coming from internal sources, prior approval from the Dean of the appropriate College is required and should be attached to the abstract. The detailed budget for the cost share should be included on the budget template (tab b) above. Indirect costs are charged on cost share.
    7. If indirect cost rate limitations are imposed by the sponsor, prior approval from the Dean of the appropriate College is required.
    Building Science Teams
    It is increasingly likely that most researchers will find themselves asked to participate on or lead a research team at some point in their careers (L. Bennett et al). Team collaborations of scientists from different fields are the key to solving critical research problems—and funders know it!  Moreover, because funding trends are more supportive of science teams as opposed to individual grants, researchers need a basic understanding of how to form or join a science team. Here are resources to help you learn more about team science:

    Collaboration & Team Science: A Field Guide

    The Academic Executive Brief

    The “science of team science” (SCITS) is a new and emerging field of research, as academics and proposal developers study what environments and dynamics create successful science teams.  Here are resources on SCITS:

    The Science of Team Science Listserv

    The Collaboration Success Wizard

    Annual International Science of Team Science (SciTS)

    Writing a Proposal

    Editorial and Writing Assistance
    This can be either a simple grammatical review or a more complex review for style, grantsmanship, and cohesiveness. IIT faculty may follow these instructions to obtain a copy of a funded IIT proposal.

    Executive Summary
    This is the most read part of the proposal, so it must be well written. Tips for the executive summary.

    Integrating the sponsor’s “goal language” into your narrative
    This is done by thoroughly reviewing the solicitation/program announcement for the proposal you are preparing, and then suggesting ways to integrate the sponsor’s language into your own. The intent is to ensure that your narrative and abstract fully address the specifics and requirements of the program the sponsor is trying to fund.

    Resubmitting Rejected Proposals
    Addressing reviewers' comments in your revised proposal. You can also get assistance with revising a proposal that has been submitted to one sponsor so that it will be well-received by a second or even a third sponsor.

    Institutional Templates
    Often a proposal must include certain "template" information so that the sponsor has sufficient information about IIT. These may be found on the OSRP site under specific institutional instructions.

    Fund Searching & Proposal Writing Workshops
    Fund Searching Workshop
    What: Free Fund Seeking Workshop. Whether your field is science, humanities, technology, or law... one certainty is this: To be most efficient and effective at securing research funds, it is critical to be aware of the latest funding opportunities useful to your program.
    When: October 3, 2014 at 11:30am
    Where: Stuart Building Room 112F
    Who: This workshop is intended for IIT faculty and staff.
    What: You will use an individual computer to learn how to search for research funding opportunities. We will try some strategies to get you set up to receive tailored funding alerts on an ongoing basis.

    Sign up
    To reserve a spot, email Mariam Othman at The room accommodates 20 participants; walk-ins welcome as space permits. There is no fee for these workshops, which are provided as a service of the IIT Office of Research.
    Crafting a Strong Research Proposal Workshop
    What: Learn how to craft a strong research proposal.
    When: October 10, 2014 at 11:30am
    Where: Stuart Building Room 112F
    Who: This workshop is intended for IIT faculty and staff.
    Why: Proposal writing is not at all like academic writing. Researchers must use a variety of techniques to ensure a proposal has the best chance of being read, scoring high, and getting funded. In this workshop you will learn ways to create a strong proposal while avoiding common pitfalls. The workshop will also include information on how to make sure a proposal is truly "cutting edge." This means knowing how to show all the references and citations that prove you have a solid grasp of your field. A Galvin Librarian will present an overview of the resources that can help you prove your case.

    Sign up

    To reserve a spot, email Mariam Othman at The room accommodates 20 participants; walk-ins welcome as space permits. There is no fee for these workshops, which are provided as a service of the IIT Office of Research.


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