Some solicitations may limit the number of proposals that an eligible institution may submit. This limitation can be inserted by: 1) limiting the number of proposals from any given entity, or 2) requiring a preliminary proposal or letter of intent. If you encounter a solicitation that limits the number of proposals an institution can submit, go first to VU's Limited Submissions web site. Funding opportunities with limited submissions are coordinated internally by the Office of Research (SOM/SON) and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (UC) and an internal deadline for submitting an abstract will be listed on the website. If you do not see the funding opportunity listed, contact email@example.com for SOM/SON or firstname.lastname@example.org for University Central and include a link to the funding announcement in your e-mail.
If the solicitation requests a preliminary proposal, usually a shorter version of the proposal, the deadline is typically months prior to the full proposal deadline. Sponsors review these and then reduce the number of applications eligible to submit full proposals. For instructions regarding pre-applications please visit: Pre-Application Guidance
Reading a program solicitation for the first time can be overwhelming. However, by planning early, developing clear timelines and creating content outlines using the solicitation as a guide for writing, the process is manageable.