Limited Submission Programs

Limited submission programs are externally sponsored projects that require an internal selection process because the sponsor limits the number of applications that may be submitted by an institution. Limited submission programs with a clinical or biomedical research focus are facilitated by the Research Management Group on behalf of the School of Medicine. Limited submission programs on other topics are facilitated by the Research Development Office within the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research on behalf of the university. To review university-wide limited submission funding opportunities, please see the DoResearch Engagement Hub. Please review the VPDoR Limited Submission Frequently Asked Questions as well.

Open Internal Competitions

Please contact Alyse Daniel at for details.


NIH Limited Submission PARs & RFAs

Unless otherwise stated, faculty with PI eligibility (those with UTL, UML, NTLR appointments) and Clinician Educator (CE) faculty (with an approved CE PI waiver) are eligible to apply for NIH funding opportunities per Stanford policy. Instructors, Clinical Instructors, Academic staff-researchers (i.e., basic scientists, research associates), and postdocs are not eligible as these are not independent faculty-level positions.

When reviewing the NIH program guidelines, please find the "Number of Applications" section of the announcement. If the guidelines state "Only one application per institution is allowed", proposals will be reviewed by the Senior Associate Dean for Research and an ad hoc review committee. 

If you wish to apply to an NIH limited submission program, please submit a single pdf file containing these required proposal elements to Alyse Daniel at

1. Cover page

  • NIH Limited Submission Funding Opportunity (e.g., PA-20-185) and link (e.g.,
  • NIH submission deadline
  • Lead PD/PI for the proposed project
  • Email address for the Lead PD/PI
  • Title for the proposed project
  • Any comments to the program administrator regarding the project 

2. One-page proposal summary as a PDF file (references and figures are not included in page limit).

3. Lead investigator's NIH biosketch as a PDF file. If this is an MPI proposal, please combine biosketches in a single file.