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Limited Submission Competition Process

Official announcements about limited submission funding opportunities are distributed to relevant faculty, Department Chairs, and Associate Deans for Research from the Office of Research’s email account, The announcements provide a brief description of the funding opportunity, provide a link to the relevant sponsor’s funding announcement, identify limited submission competition pre-proposal requirements, and indicate all internal and external deadlines. Investigators must adhere to all posted deadlines.


Once an internal limited submission competition deadline arrives, pre-proposals are made accessible to a Limited Submission Review Committee charged to review the merit of the pre-proposals received.

The Committee then reviews pre-proposals consistent with the review criteria defined in the sponsor’s funding announcement and in the University’s call for pre-proposals, and make their recommendations to the Senior Vice Provost for Research.

Selection and Notification

Once the Senior Vice Provost for Research approves the pre-proposals identified as the most competitive projects, the investigators and other relevant University administrators are notified in writing of the decision.  If the sponsor is a Foundation, representatives from the Office of Institutional Advancement, Foundations and Corporations are notified so that they may assist with the application process. The proposing investigators for pre-proposals not selected will also be notified and will receive feedback from the Limited Submissions Review Committee.

Principal Investigator Responsibilities

The principal investigators for pre-proposals selected as Drexel’s proposals to sponsors are responsible for preparing high quality and timely submissions.

Should an investigator choose to decline the opportunity to submit a proposal to the sponsor, she/he needs to do so in writing within 5 business days of notification to Kairi Williams, Director of Strategy & Faculty Support, Not doing so may preclude an investigator from applying to Limited Submissions competitions in the future.