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Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M Faculty and PIs


Population Dynamics Centers Research Infrastructure Program FY 2016 (P2C)


Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. Texas A&M 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 one application per institution.


PI Eligibility:  Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.


There are four additional eligibility criteria for applications responding to this FOA:

  • Established Research Center. Applicant must have an established administrative unit (for example, center or institute) that administers or coordinates population research across the institution, hereafter referred to as a "population research center." Funds from this FOA must be for this population research center and may not be used to establish a new population research center at the applicant institution. The PD/PI must be the director of the center when the application is submitted and/or the award is issued. As used in this FOA, an "established unit" has the following characteristics: the applicant institution has formally created the administrative unit; the unit has an administrative position and reporting structure within the applicant institution; the unit has dedicated space; the unit has a governance and organizational structure; the unit's director has defined responsibilities and authority; and the unit has rules or guidelines for selecting or recruiting members/affiliates.
  • Active Population Scientists. Applicants must have at least five active population dynamics scientists. Active population dynamics scientists must hold their primary affiliation with the applicant institution and this position (tenured or non-tenured) must be permanent; trainees, post-doctoral fellows, visiting professors, and scientists with primary appointments at other institutions are excluded. Active population dynamics scientists must meet both of the following criteria:
  • Externally-funded population dynamics research grants or contracts within the three most recently completed Federal fiscal years 2013, 2014 and 2015. Federal fiscal years run from October 1 to September 30; for example, Federal fiscal year 2015 runs from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015. The active scientist must be the PD/PI or a Multiple Program/Director/Principal Investigator (MPD/MPI) on the grant or contract, and must have received the grant or contract from a source outside the applicant institution.
  • Population dynamics research publications in peer-reviewed journals during the three most recently completed Federal fiscal years.


Funding by the NICHD Population Dynamics Branch. Applicants must have at least one active population dynamics scientist who has been funded by the Population Dynamics Branch within the three most recently completed Federal fiscal years. This scientist must have served as the PD/PI or a MPD/MPI or other significant contributor on a research project grant (e.g., R01, R03, R15, R21, R37, R00, U01, RC1, RC2, RC3, RC4); a Research Program Project (P01); a resource-related research project grant (R24, U24), excluding R24 grants funded through the Population Dynamics Centers program; an individual research career award for faculty (K01, K08, K18, K23, K24); an institutional training grant (T32); an education project grant (R25); or a research contract that was funded or administered by the Population Dynamics Branch. The PDs/PIs and MPDs/PIs of subprojects on P01 projects also qualify. Researchers who have held only individual pre-doctoral and/or post-doctoral fellowships (e.g., F31, F32, K99), conference grants (e.g., R13, U13) and/or R24 or P2C grants funded through the Population Dynamics Centers program do not satisfy this eligibility requirement. Grants considered to be funded or administered by the Population Dynamics Branch have a grant number that includes the Institute/Center designation of "HD" and a program official who is a member of the Population Dynamics Branch staff.


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


Proposal Limit: 1





The goal of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to advance the field of population dynamics research by increasing research impact, innovation, and productivity; develop junior scientists; and maximize the efficiency of research support.



The primary objectives of this initiative are to:

  • Increase the scientific impact, innovation, productivity of population dynamics research;
  • Increase competitiveness for peer-reviewed external funding in population dynamics research;
  • Support experiences for junior population dynamics scientists that will contribute to their research independence; and
  • Maximize the efficiency of funding for population dynamics research by minimizing the financial and time burdens of providing administrative and other research support services associated with research projects.

A secondary objective is to:

  • Support the broad dissemination of data, methods, and materials in the field of population dynamics research.


This initiative will provide funding for research infrastructure cores at already productive population research centers. Applicants are required to describe the scientific areas in which they expect to make their most significant contributions to population dynamics research in the next five years. Applicant Centers are expected to have a recent record of high impact, innovative scientific publications and competitiveness for peer-reviewed external funding. Other activities demonstrating productivity include dissemination of innovative data, methods, or materials related to population dynamics.



Applicants must request support for a minimum of two research infrastructure cores, a mandatory Administrative Core and at least one the following types of other cores: a Development Core; Scientific/Technical Core(s); and a Public Core. The Development Core is meant to develop junior scientists and advance scientific research within the Center; Scientific/Technical Cores are meant to provide scientific and/or technical services and/or resources to Center researchers in order to enhance their research capabilities. The Public Core is meant to provide scientific and/or technical services and/or resources primarily to scientists outside the applicant Center.

With the exception of the Development Core, which should focus on new projects, the cores should provide support for both existing projects and the development of new projects. The proposed cores should be effective in promoting scientific impact, innovation, productivity, and competitiveness, but need not be innovative themselves. Core activities promoting interdisciplinary collaborations and collaborations within and across institutions are encouraged.




October 22, 2015

Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project. 


Send email of intent to

October 29, 2015

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 one-three page research plan summary, two-page bio-sketch, and preliminary budget.


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, click HERE for help to activate your NetID. You will need your UIN and your date of birth.  Once you log-in to e-proposal, choose “Limited Submission Grant” from the Available Grants section.

If you have any questions, please contact:  or 979.862.2233.


November 20, 2015

Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

December 21, 2015

Sponsor deadline for the full proposal (due by 5:00 p.m. proposer’s local time).



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.