Limited Submissions

Granting agencies may impose a limit on the number of proposals submitted to a funding opportunity by an institution. In these cases, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development (VPRED) is responsible for the campus competition. Selection may be made through a preliminary proposal competition (for details, see: http://provost.uark.edu/policies/153510.php). This webpage contains an overview of the external limited submission programs (NIH, NSF, foundation and association) programs currently requiring an internal selection process, as well as a calendar of limited programs offered throughout the year.

The limited submission programs are facilitated by Bob Beitle on behalf of the (VPRED). Please contact Bob at rbeitle@uark.edu for questions or comments about these programs.

NOTICE: Investigators should notify the Office of the VPRED at the earliest possible moment when planning a limited submission proposal. In general, the on campus selection competition will close at least 30 days before the agency’s submission deadline.



June

Internal Deadline: June 8, 2016

Submission Guidelines: VPRED does not suggest you write a complete draft of the preliminary proposal for the selection process, although you are in your rights as a team to do so if you believe it presents your vision for the MRSEC in the correct light. We will evaluate the proposed MRSEC based on the following:

  1. Rationale and vision of the MRSEC, highlighting the research, education, and diversity goals of the program. This is limited to one page in the preliminary proposal, so kindly adhere to this limitation for the internal selection process. We’d like this section of the proposal as close to “submission ready” as possible to assess the impact of this very important, first page. Make this page 1 of your internal selection draft.
  2. Description of the 2 or 3 IRGs planned for the MRSEC. There is a 3 page limitation for each IRG final description, and it is likely that your description will include figures, tables, and other items that can be cumbersome to format. Don’t bother making the description(s) “submission ready” at this preliminary stage. For each IRG, kindly do the following:
    • Provide a table of faculty. In a simple line of text indicate the number of undergraduates, graduates, and postdoctoral folks supported by an IRG. Please include the affiliation of the faculty. Make this the first page of an IRG description.
    • Describe the IRG. Per the solicitation, “provide a concise description of the long-term research goals and intellectual focus, and outline the planned research activities. The need for an interactive, interdisciplinary approach involving several investigators, and the means of achieving this, should be clearly established. IRGs are sought that solve fundamental, timely and complex materials problems that are intellectually challenging and important to society.” Prepare approximately 2 pages of text, and place accompanying figures on separate pages. If you choose to completely fill the IRG description with text, you can take the three page limit but it is likely that it will not review well.
  3. Education, human resource development, and diversity strategic plan.
    • Since it is a requirement to have an REU, for the internal selection round do not waste effort in affirming the REU component and a commitment to human resource development. Rather, on the first page of an IRG, provide for each faculty member:
      • the total number of undergraduate, graduate students, and postdocs supervised in the past 5 years
      • the number related, peer-reviewed publications in the past five years
      • the total number of undergraduate co-authorships on the peer-reviewed publications
      • the total number of underrepresented individuals supervised in the past 5 years
    • Describe the plan and assessment measures which will be put in place to evaluate #3. Limit this description to ½ page.
    • Describe collaborations with industry, national labs, or others that will be key to the proposed MRSEC. Limit this description to 1 – 1 ½ pages, and make sure it reinforces item #1.
    • Describe the leadership, administration and management of the center. Limit this description to ½ page.

Place the material in a single PDF file, and email it to research@uark.edu no later than June 8, 2016.

July

The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. We support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment.

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Limited: Only one application per institution

Eligibility: The new competition will be open to US colleges and universities that award the baccalaureate degree in the natural sciences and are fully accredited, not-for-profit, four-year institutions. It will exclude the 40 universities awarded 2014 HHMI grants.

Purpose: The Howard Hughes Medical Institute announces a new competition for science education grants to colleges and universities. The goal of this initiative is to help institutions build their capacity to effectively engage all students in science throughout their undergraduate years, especially those who come to college via non traditional pathways.
Through this initiative, HHMI will support colleges and universities that commit to measurably increase their infrastructure, resources, and expertise to involve undergraduate students in science, resulting in expanded access to excellence for all students. Our long-term aim is for successful strategies pioneered by the grantee institutions to serve as models to be adapted and adopted by other institutions.

Internal Deadline: Notify VPRED of intent to submit by July 1, 2015.

Internal Submission Guidelines: TBA

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Limited: One application per institution

Eligibility: Any individual with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research, faculty must be resident at an institutions from IDeA states. The objective is to strengthen an institution’s biomedical research infrastructure through the establishment of a thematic multi-disciplinary center.

Internal Submission Guidelines: Applies to current and future PAR

  • Express interest by the Second Friday of July the year prior to submission date. Please email rbeitle@uark.edu as well as Research Dean of your department with the subject line “NIH COBRE we hope to submit”.
  • If an internal selection is necessary, a 2 page preproposal addressing the content of the LOI will be required by the Last Friday of July.

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Limited: UA is allowed only 1 application.

Purpose: The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community.

Internal Submission Guidelines:

  • Express interest by the Second Friday of July. Please email rbeitle@uark.edu as well as Research Dean of your department with the subject line “NSF PIRE we hope to submit”.
  • If an internal selection is necessary, a 2 page preproposal will be required of investigating teams.
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This program supports tenure-track Assistant Professors as they develop expertise and capabilities in science and engineering related to the advancement of human health. Eligible faculty hold a tenure–track position for less than three years, and you can be nominated twice by your institution. One nomination is permitted per year for each institution.

Internal Submission Guidelines:

  • Express interest by the Second Friday of June. Please email rbeitle@uark.edu as well as Research Dean of your department with the subject line “Pew I hope to be nominated”.
  • If an internal selection is necessary, a preproposal addressing the application content will be required by the third Monday of June.

August

Purpose: NEH summer stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Summer stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months and support projects at any stage of development.

Limited: Two nominations per institution

Eligibility: Tenure and tenure-track faculty must be nominated by the institution to be eligible. Non-Tenure, tenure-track faculty may apply directly to NEH without a university endorsement.

Internal Deadline: Second Friday of August

Internal Submission Guidelines:

  • Express interest by the Second Friday of August. Please email rbeitle@uark.edu as well as Research Dean of your department with the subject line “NEH Stpiend I hope to submit”.
  • If an internal selection is necessary, an preproposal will be required following the guidelines posted in the program announcement.

NOTE: NEH rules regarding limited submission apply only to tenure and tenure-track faculty. Researchers with non-tenure/tenure-track status, such as visiting professors, may apply directly to the NEH without endorsement from the UA.

Contact B. Beitle (rbeitle@uark.edu) with questions or comments concerning any aspect of this competition.

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The Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development is requesting expression of interest in submitting to NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science Supplements and Sites: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17575/nsf17575.htm. This is a limited submission opportunity. Please contact Ralph Davis in the VPRED office via email with expression of interest by August 25, 2017, and include a 2-page white paper describing the project and a 1-page bio for the PI and Co-I’s. Final decisions about the team selected for submission will be made by 5:00 pm, August 29. Please submit white papers and cv as a single pdf document to Ralph Davis (ralphd@uark.edu).

NSF 17-575 Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science Supplements and Sites

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 3

Three Site proposals may be submitted per competition by a U.S. academic institution, including a College/Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, or Computer and/or Information Science as the lead institution. No more than two of the three proposals may have an engineering focus and only one of the three proposals may have a computer and/or information science focus.

Potential PIs are advised to contact their institutional office of research regarding processes used to select proposals for submission.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 1

The Southeastern Conference Provides up to $10,000 per year to foster institutional collaborations. Typical grant size to faculty is $2,500. Details explaining the travel program are provided in the pdf files below:

Internal Deadline for reviewing travel request: Second week of July

Deadline to inform SEC of Participants: August 1

September

Limited: UA is allowed 2 acquisition and 1 development grant application.

Purpose: The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations.

Internal Submission Guidelines:

  • Express interest by the Second Friday of September. Please email rbeitle@uark.edu as well as Research Dean of your department with the subject line “NSF MRI we hope to submit”.
  • If an internal selection is necessary, a preproposal will be required of investigating teams.
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The Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development is requesting expression of interest in submitting to NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) and https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17527/nsf17527.pdf.

This is a limited submission opportunity.

Please contact Ralph Davis in the VPRED office via email with expression of interest by September 25, 2017, and include a 2-page white paper describing the project and a 1-page bio for the PI and Co-I’s. Final decisions about the team selected for submission will be made by 5:00 pm, October 1.

Please submit white papers and cv as a single pdf document to Ralph Davis (ralphd@uark.edu).

October

Letter of Intent Deadline: December 9, 2016

Full Proposal Deadline: January 18, 2017

Program Guidelines: NSF 17-501
In FY 2017, IUSE will:

  • Expand the emphasis on bringing evidence-based practices to scale for both the general improvement of STEM learning, and also to expand effective discipline-specific innovations;
  • Focus on strategies for engaging undergraduates in their first two years in authentic research experiences both in courses and in other settings; and
  • Emphasize broadening participation and workforce development in computer science, engineering, and geosciences.

Internal Submission Guidelines:

  • Express intent to submit an IUSE by last Friday of October. Send an email to rbeitle@uark.edu and your research dean with the subject line "We intend to submit to IUSE".
  • If an internal selection is necessary, a 2 page preproposal addressing the content of the LOI will be required.

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Limited: Two (2) applications per institution.

Eligibility: Academic institutions are limited to participation on two (2) proposals as a lead institution preferably involving distinct application areas. A lead academic institution that has submitted a proposal has the option to participate as a sub awardee on any other PFI:BCI proposal. Researchers are eligible to serve as PI or co-PI on one proposal. A PI who is named in a proposal to PFI:BIC may not be named in a proposal for funding consideration in the same fiscal year to the PFI: Accelerating Innovation Research (PFI:AIR) program.

Purpose: The PFI:BIC program supports academe-industry partnerships, which are led by an interdisciplinary academic research team with at least one industry partner to build technological, human and service system innovation capacity. Partnerships will focus on the integration of technologies into a specified human-centered smart service system with the potential to achieve transformation change in an existing service system, or to spur an entirely new service system. These technologies will be inspired by existing breakthrough discoveries.

Internal Submission Guidelines:

  • Express interest by the first Friday of October. Please email rbeitle@uark.edu as well as Research Dean of your department.
  • If an internal selection is necessary, a 2 page preproposal addressing the content of the LOI will be required.
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Letter of Intent Deadline Date: December 9, 2016

Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 7, 2017

Program Guidelines: NSF 16-503
The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track.

Internal Submission Guidelines:

  • Express interest to rbeitle@uark.edu and your research dean with the subject line "We intend to submit NSF NRT to track N".
  • If an internal selection is necessary, a 2 page preproposal addressing the content of the LOI will be required.

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November

Limited: One nomination per institution

Eligibility: Tenure-track faculty from Ph.D.-granting, chemistry or chemistry-related departments within 5 years of the initial appointment.
This program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences.

Internal Submission Guidelines:

  • Express interest of being nominated by Second Friday of November. Please email rbeitle@uark.edu as well as the Research Dean of your College/Program.
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Limited: UA is allowed one Site proposal.

Eligibility: The goals of this program are to spur translation of research, to encourage collaboration between academia and industry, and to train students to understand innovation and entrepreneurship. NSF funding through I-Corps Sites enables academic institutions to support teams whose projects are likely candidates for commercialization.

Internal Deadline: November 5

Internal Submission Guidelines:

  • Express interest by Second Friday of November. Please email rbeitle@uark.edu as well as the Research Dean of your College/Program with the subject line “We have interest in I-Corps Site”.
  • If an internal selection is necessary, a preproposal will be required of investigating teams.
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Limited: UA is allowed One for IT-Preliminary, Institutional Transformation (IT), or Adaptation. There is no limit for Partnership, ADVANCE Resource and Coordination Network, and ADVANCE Longitudinal Evaluation.

Purpose:
The goals of the ADVANCE program are:

  1. to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM [1] careers;
  2. to develop innovative and sustainable ways to promote gender equity that involve both men and women in the STEM academic workforce; and
  3. to contribute to the research knowledge base on gender equity and the intersection of gender and other identities in STEM academic careers.

The ADVANCE program contributes to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce because of the focus on equity for STEM academic faculty who are educating, training, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

Internal Submission Guidelines:

  • Express interest by Second Friday of November. Please email rbeitle@uark.edu as well as the Research Dean of your College/Program with the subject line “NSF ADVANCE we hope to submit”.
  • If an internal selection is necessary, a preproposal will be required of investigating teams.
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Limited: UA can be lead on only one proposal. UA may be a collaborative partner in an y number of other multi-organization group proposals in which it is not the lead. Additional details are provided in the solicitation.

Eligibility: PIs must be faculty members.

Purpose: This program is seeking high-risk/high-reward research and education proposals. Its focus is on nanomanufacturing challenges and societal and educational issues associated with continuing advances in nanomanufacturing and the ensuing increasing use of nanoscale materials, devices and systems. All proposal should clearly state what roadblocks to scale-up exist and what new approach or approaches will be investigated to overcome those roadblocks. The scientific and technical barriers to commercialization should be addressed.

Internal Deadline: TBA

Internal Submission Guidelines:

  • Express interest by emailing rbeitle@uark.edu as well as the Research Dean of your College/Program.
  • If an internal selection is necessary, a preproposal will be required of investigating teams.
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Limited: Two applicants per institution

Eligibility: Full-time assistant professors within two years of their initial tenure track appointment at the time of application
These awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions.

Internal Submission Guidelines:

  • Express interest by the Second Friday of November. Please email rbeitle@uark.edu as well as Research Dean of your department with the subject line “I’d like to be considered for the Powe”.
  • If an internal selection is necessary, additional information addressing the content of the application will be solicited from the possible nominees.

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December

Limited: UA is allowed only 1 application.

Purpose: RII Track-2 FEC builds inter-jurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in themes consistent with NSF priorities. Projects are investigator-driven and must involve a collaborative team of investigators from at least two EPSCoR jurisdictions. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education activities should specifically broaden participation through the inclusion and integration of different types of individuals, institutions, and sectors throughout the project. Proposals must describe a comprehensive and integrated vision to drive discovery and build sustainable STEM capacity that exemplifies diversity of all types (individual, institutional, geographic, and disciplinary).

Internal Submission Guidelines:

  • Express interest by the First Friday of December. Please email rbeitle@uark.edu as well as Research Dean of your department with the subject line “NSF Track II we hope to submit”.
  • If an internal selection is necessary, a 2 page preproposal addressing the content of the LOI will be required by the second Monday of January.
  • LOI to NSF of selected group is due mid-January.
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Purpose: RII Track-4 provides opportunities for non-tenured investigators to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation’s premier private, governmental, or academic research centers. Through these visits, the EPSCoR Research Fellows will be able to learn new techniques, benefit from access to unique equipment and facilities, and shift their research toward transformative new directions. The experience gained through the fellowship is intended to provide a foundation for research collaborations that span the recipient’s entire career. These benefits to the Fellows are also expected to in turn enhance the research capacity of their institutions and jurisdictions.

Limited: Campus may submit a total of 3 for campus.

Eligibility: PI must hold a non-tenured faculty appointment or its close equivalent, either in the form of a pre-tenure tenure-track position or a long-term non-tenure-track position. Only single-PI proposals are accepted by NSF.

Internal Submission Guidelines: Three items are required for the internal selection process. Please combine all items into a single PDF file and mail to rbeitle@uark.edu and the Research Dean of your College.

  1. a one page Project Summary, written per the grant solicitation, Element #2. This is one of the most impactful items in a full NSF proposal.
  2. your CV. The grant has specific requirements of the PI which must be clear from the CV you provide.
  3. up to two additional pages to support the Project Summary (Item 1). Use Element #4 (Project Description) of the solicitation as a guide, highlighting material you deem important. Be brief.

Internal Submission Deadline: Please send material by the first Friday of December.

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May

Limited:
Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 2
An organization may submit no more than two Phase I proposals in total during this cycle, which is defined as this SBIR Phase I solicitation and the concurrent STTR Phase I solicitation. For example, an organization may submit one (1) SBIR Phase I and one (1) STTR Phase I proposal, two (2) SBIR Phase I proposals, or two (2) STTR Phase I proposals during this cycle. These eligibility constraints will be strictly enforced. In the event that an organization exceeds this limit, the first two proposals received will be accepted, and the remainder will be returned without review. No exceptions will be made. The submission of the same project idea to both this SBIR Phase I solicitation and the concurrent STTR Phase I solicitation is strongly discouraged.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 1
No person may participate as the principal investigator for more than one proposal during this cycle, which is defined as this SBIR Phase I solicitation and the concurrent STTR Phase I solicitation.

Eligibility:
Who May Submit Proposals: Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Only firms qualifying as a small business concern are eligible to participate in the SBIR/STTR program (see Eligibility Guide for more information). Please note that the size limit of 500 employees includes affiliates. The firm must be in compliance with the SBIR/STTR Policy Directive(s) and 13 CFR 121.

Who May Serve as PI: The primary employment of the Principal Investigator (PI) must be with the small business concern at the time of award and for the duration of the award, unless a new PI is named. Primary employment is defined as more than 50% employed by the small business. NSF normally considers a full time work week to be 40 hours and considers employment elsewhere of greater than 19.6 hours per week to be in conflict with this requirement. As such, the PI must have a legal right to work for the proposing company in the US, as evidenced by citizenship, permanent residency or an appropriate visa. The PI does not need to be associated with an academic institution. There are no PI degree requirements (i.e., the PI does not have to hold a Ph.D. or any other degree). A PI may be primarily employed at another organization at the time of submission, as long as he or she is primarily employed at the proposing small business at the time of award. A PI must devote a minimum of one calendar month to an SBIR Phase I project.

Purpose: NSF's SBIR program provides non-dilutive funds for early-stage research and development (R&D) at small businesses. This R&D should be based on innovative, transformational technology with potential for substantial commercial and/or societal benefits. The program invites proposals from small businesses across a broad range of science and engineering disciplines. If you are successful, you will receive a grant of up to $150,000 for a 6-month development/feasibility project. You can then compete for a second grant of up to $750,000 over a 2 year period, with the aim of advancing the technology toward commercial deployment.

Internal Deadline: May 13, 2015

Internal Submission Guidelines: TBA

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Limited:
Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 2
An organization may submit no more than two Phase I proposals in total during this cycle, which is defined as this STTR Phase I solicitation and the concurrent SBIR Phase I solicitation. For example, an organization may submit one (1) SBIR Phase I and one (1) STTR Phase I proposal, two (2) SBIR Phase I proposals, or two (2) STTR Phase I proposals during this cycle. These eligibility constraints will be strictly enforced. In the event that an organization exceeds this limit, the first two proposals received will be accepted, and the remainder will be returned without review. No exceptions will be made. The submission of the same project idea to both this STTR Phase I solicitation and the concurrent SBIR Phase I solicitation is strongly discouraged.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 1
No person may participate as the principal investigator for more than one proposal during this cycle, which is defined as this SBIR Phase I solicitation and the concurrent STTR Phase I solicitation.

Eligibility:
Who May Submit Proposals: Only firms qualifying as a small business concern are eligible to participate in the SBIR/STTR program (see the Eligibility Guide for more information). Please note that the size limit of 500 employees includes affiliates. The firm must be in compliance with the SBIR/STTR Policy Directive(s) and 13 CFR 121.

Who May Serve as PI: The primary employment of the Principal Investigator (PI) must be with the small business concern at the time of award and for the duration of the award, unless a new PI is named. Primary employment is defined as more than 50% employed by the small business. NSF normally considers a full time work week to be 40 hours and considers employment elsewhere of greater than 19.6 hours per week to be in conflict with this requirement. As such, the PI must have a legal right to work for the proposing company in the US, as evidenced by citizenship, permanent residency or an appropriate visa. The PI does not need to be associated with an academic institution. There are no PI degree requirements (i.e., the PI does not have to hold a Ph.D. or any other degree). A PI may be primarily employed at another organization at the time of submission, as long as he or she is primarily employed at the proposing small business at the time of award. A PI must devote a minimum of two calendar months to an STTR Phase I project.

Purpose: NSF's STTR program provides non-dilutive funds for early-stage research and development (R&D) at small businesses. This R&D should be based on innovative, transformational technology with potential for substantial commercial and/or societal benefits. The program invites proposals from small businesses across a broad range of science and engineering disciplines in collaboration with researchers at universities, Federally-Funded Research and Development Centers, and other non-profit institutions. If you are successful, you will receive a grant of up to $225,000 for a 12-month development/feasibility project. You can then compete for a second grant of up to $750,000 over a 2 year period, with the aim of advancing the technology toward commercial deployment.

Internal Deadline: May 13, 2015

Internal Submission Guidelines: TBA

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For limited submissions not listed here
If you are interested in a solicitation that limits the number of campus submissions, please contact the Director of Research and Sponsored Programs. By Academic Policy Series 1535.10, RSSP needs to determine the number of possible submissions and determine which proposal(s) are to be submitted. This step may seem to be generating competition for your proposal but it is in your best interest. It is better to find out early if there are other potential proposals before you expend significant effort to write a complete proposal. It also identifies potential collaborations between two different proposal teams.