Limited Competitions

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Research Development Services, announces the following limited competition opportunities. Advanced authorization is required from Research Development Services to apply for a limited competition.

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  1. Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists
  2. NSF – Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences NSF 17-592




  • Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists: This award recognize the country’s most promising faculty-rank researchers in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. One Blavatnik Laureate in each disciplinary category will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds. UIC is limited to three nominations with one each category of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering and Chemistry. For more information see
  • NSF – Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences NSF 17-592: This program will be formally divided into four subcategories: 1) limited term, self-contained science projects; 2) longer term mid-scale facilities; 3) development investments for future mid-scale and large-scale projects; and 4) community open access capabilities. The MSIP will emphasize both strong scientific merit and a well-developed plan for student training and involvement of a diverse workforce in instrumentation, facility development, or data management. UIC is limited to three preliminary proposals as a lead institution. For more information see


Please Note:


  • Preference may be given for resubmissions only if the sponsor provided extramural reviews AND those reviews suggest enthusiasm and/or encouraged resubmission. Reviews MUST be attached to the internal LOI form for consideration.


  • If you cannot reach the desired page by clicking on the link provided, try copying the full URL into your browser’s address bar. There should be no spaces in the URL.


  • Review guidelines and eligibility requirements before submitting an internal LOI.


For more information, please contact:
Natalia Glubisz

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