Limited Submissions

Limited Submissions

Some grant and fellowship programs limit the number of proposals that may be submitted by an institution. Please see below for a list of limited submission programs and the status of the associated USA limited submission competition. The list below is not exhaustive. If you want to apply for a limited submission opportunity that is not listed below please contact Kim Littlefield, Ph.D., Asst. Vice President for guidance about obtaining institutional nomination before submission. Note if you submit a proposal to a limited submission program without institutional nomination and USA’s limit is exceeded, your proposal, and other proposal(s) submitted from the USA, will very likely be rejected without review. To prevent circumstances such as this the USA Office of RDL coordinates internal limited submission competitions.

2016 National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training by supporting proposals for shared instrumentation that foster the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use, Development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged. The instrument is expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period (up to three (3) years for an acquisition proposal; up to five (5) years for a development proposal. Institutions may submit up to three (3) applications to this program; at least one (1) application must be submitted under the Development track.  The USA Limited Submissions Guidelines and Process to select the 2016 institutional applicants can be found here: 2016 MRI Limited Submission Guidelines and Process. The important milestones related to the 2016 competition and submission are:

2016 MRI Limited Submission Timeline

2015 Alabama Innovation Fund (AIF)

The State of Alabama has created the Alabama Innovation Fund.  This fund will support two programs - Research and Renewal.  The renewal and research programs are described in detail in the attached Request for Proposal (RFP) announcement (July 14, 2015 version).  Each institution may submit two (2) renewal and two (2) research proposals.  The USA 2015 AIF institutional nominees are:

Dr. Mohammad Alam, Electrical and Computer Engineering (Research)

Dr. Alec Yasinsac, School of Computing (Research)

Dr. K.-T. Hsaio, Mechanical Engineering (Renewal)

Dr. Sean Powers, Marine Sciences (Renewal) 

USA Office of Research and Economic Development National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends Program Nominating Process (Continuous)

USA faculty who intend to submit a NEH Summer Stipends proposal must notify Dr. Kimberly Littlefield, Asst. Vice President Research Development and Learning via email to  by July 31, annually.  Institutions may nominate up to two (2) faculty applicants.  In the event that more than two applicants present notice, an internal competition will be staged to select the institutional nominees.  Applicants will be notified via email by the 1st Wednesday in August if an internal competition is necessary.  In the event that an internal competition is not necessary, the institutional nominees will be announced by the 1st Wednesday in August.

 The following supporting documentation will be required from an applicant if an internal competition is necessary:  1) a letter of support from the Department Chair, and 2) a one page summary of the project to be conducted including a description of the research to be conducted, the methods and work plan, a description of the applicant’s competencies, skills and access and the anticipated final products and dissemination plans.  Supporting documentation will be due by the 2nd Monday in August and will be reviewed and ranked by a panel of USA humanities experts.  The institutional nominees will be announced by the 2nd Friday in August. 

Please refer to the NEH Summer Stipends program guidelines for important, additional eligibility and nomination information.