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Please distribute this information to your faculty and eligible PIs who may have an interest in submitting an application to this program
National Science Foundation

Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. The University and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.

Institutional Eligibility:  Only colleges and universities located and accredited in the United States or U.S.-based professional associations are eligible to apply to this program. Other types of organizations can be included only as non-lead collaborators or sub-awardees. In addition, accredited U.S. colleges and universities and U.S. professional associations can be non-lead collaborators or sub-awardees.

PI Eligibility:  NSF expects project teams to include persons with appropriate expertise. This might include expertise in the domain or domains of science or engineering on which the project focuses, in ethics, in educational research, and in pedagogy.

The proposal will be prepared and submitted by the Office of Sponsored Research Services (OSRS).

Proposal Limit: 1

Summary:  The Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) program aims to deepen the understanding of ethical dilemmas in science and engineering, and provide cutting edge, effective research and educational materials to train the next generation of scientists and engineers. The EESE program accepts proposals for innovative research and educational projects to improve ethics education in all of the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports, including within interdisciplinary, inter-institutional and international contexts. Proposals must focus on improving ethics education for graduate students in those fields or on developing summer postbaccalaureate ethics-education activities or other activities that transition students from undergraduate to graduate education. The principal investigator team should be truly multi-disciplinary, and involve people with different disciplinary backgrounds. The program will entertain proposals in graduate ethics education in science and engineering generally and will continue to support exploration of new ethical questions in engineering, biology, computer science, and other fields. Priority areas include but are not limited to:

  • global/international challenges in science and engineering ethics;
  • a general framework for the ethics of emerging technologies;
  • issues of privacy and confidentiality in relation to data mining;
  • fields for which there are few resources in ethics education or research;
  • ethical issues related to robotics;
  • intersection of the choices that society makes between natural resource development and utilization (e.g., energy sources) and environmental consequences; and
  • ethical issues associated with natural hazards, risk management, decision-making and the role of scientists in defining and negotiating the consequences of natural hazards in the face of scientific uncertainties.


December 14, 2012, 5:00 p.m.:  Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project.

Send email of intent to

January 4, 2013, 5:00 p.m.:  Deadline to submit an internal proposal.  All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a 1-3 page research plan summary, bio-sketch, and budget (if required).

The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, from the e-proposal site, click on “Signup,” fill in the pertinent information and an account will be created for you.

If you have any questions, please contact or 979.862.2233.

January 18, 2013: Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

March 1, 2013:  Sponsor deadline for the full application.

Internal Selection Procedures:
Texas A&M University has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.