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Many funding agencies and foundations have established limited submission policies and will only review a limited number of applications from each institution. These institutional limits are outlined clearly in the eligibility requirements of the Request for Application (RFA), Request for Proposal (RFP), or foundation call for nominations. Applications or nominations submitted without proper institutional endorsement, or submission of a number over the limit, may result in automatic rejection of all Brown proposals. If you see a foundation announcement in which you are interested, you should speak to your department chair about a nomination.
The Vice President for Research, in coordination with the Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences and the Dean of the Faculty, has established processes to facilitate the selection and submission of applications for programs with limited submission policies. For the majority of these programs, the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will announce a deadline for an internal review of applications/nominations. The offices of the Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences or the Dean of Faculty will take part in the review process in coordination with a faculty review committee, and the Provost will be consulted regarding the final decision.
Every effort will be made to identify and announce programs with limitations on proposal submissions. In addition to mailings and announcements, OVPR has developed a chart with a listing of such programs. This is not a comprehensive list, and it is the investigator's responsibility to contact the OVPR should the program in which they are interested be restricted, but is not on this list. The Vice President for Research will then determine if an internal competition is necessary and will assist the investigator in obtaining institutional endorsement.
For more information, please contact Margaret Manning, Research Opportunities Coordinator at (401) 863-5145.