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Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the LSP is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators (PIs) 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.

The proposal will be prepared and submitted by Sponsored Research Services (SRS).

Proposal Limit: One (1)

Summary:  One award will be funded under this competition. This award will have a duration of five years and an anticipated total funding amount up to $1,500,000 pending availability of funds.

NSF expects to support the development of an online resource center containing research findings, pedagogical materials, and promising practices regarding the ethics and social justice dimensions of research and practice in all of the fields NSF supports. The development and evolution of the center will be informed by the research communities that NSF supports (e.g. engineering, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, computer sciences, physical sciences), and it will serve as a living resource of multimedia materials that may be used to train current and future generations of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers in responsible conduct of research (RCR). The center will also assist practicing scientists, mathematicians, and engineers to identify and explore ethical and social justice issues as they arise.
Audiences for the proposed ethics resource center may include but are not limited to:

  • instructors who want to incorporate an ethics or social justice module into classes;
  • administrators and/or instructors who seek scholarly evaluation of ethics curricula; 
  • undergraduate and graduate students who seek to understand ethical or social justice issues in science, mathematics, and engineering; 
  • practicing scientists and engineers who seek to explore ethical reasoning and social justice issues as they arise in their work; 
  • researchers who create original scholarship on ethics and social justice in science, mathematics, and/or engineering.

A successful proposal will:

  • demonstrate the ability to create and maintain a state-of-the-art, dynamic web presence that will enable collection and use of materials;
  • show awareness of previous NSF online resource awards and address how the new project will link with existing resources;
  • demonstrate awareness of and ability to integrate relevant international resources on ethics in science, mathematics, and engineering;
  • address the specific needs of the diverse research communities that NSF supports;
  • include a long-term management plan for the sustainability of the online resource center and have a tangible, long-term commitment for its continued existence from a stable organization;
  • describe the strategy that will be used for vetting new material to be "posted" in the portal and the strategy for protection of copyrighted or proprietary materials;
  • take into consideration the needs of members of underrepresented groups in one or more of the following ways:
    • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant
    • Resources address the needs of diverse populations and take into consideration gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and culture
    • The personnel involved in this project represent members of underrepresented groups. 

April 26, 2013, 5:00 pm: Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project. 

Send email of intent to

May 6, 2013, 5:00 pm:  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 PIs 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.

May 28, 2013: Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

August 7, 2013:  Sponsor deadline for the full application.

Internal Selection Procedures:
Texas A&M 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.