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.

2015 Alabama Innovation Fund

The State of Alabama has created the Alabama Innovation Fund.  This fund will support two programs - Renewal and Research.  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.  Eligible USA applicants for each program will be selected via an internal competition. Previously the major factors upon which awards were made were: 1) whether or not industry was fully involved in the project, and, 2) probability of spin-off development.

 Potential applicants should submit no more than a two page proposal to Dr. Kim Littlefield, via email to:, by July 21st. The Request to  Submit should include:

1.       A short description of the project

2.       Industry collaborations

3.       Potential commercial/jobs that would result

4.       Faculty collaborators

5.       Projected cost 

Please see the RFA for important budget and cost-share information.  There are no limitations (minimal or maximal) on the project period for either program.  USA submission-eligible applicants will receive a copy of the ALABAMA INNOVATION FUND APPLICATION document (July 14, 2015 version) for completion and submission, via email to the AL Department of Commerce by August 13, 2015.


RFA-MD-15-010- Advancing Health Disparities Interventions through Community - Based Participatory Research - LOI due 7/3/2015, Full Application due 8/3/2015

The USA submission eligible applicant(s)/proposal for this limited submission (one proposal / institution) opportunity has not been designated.  If you are interested in submitting an application for this opportunity please contact Dr. Kimberly Littlefield via at:   

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

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.     


2016 National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation 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.  Additional information about the 2016 competition, including a new process for the selection of institutional nominees will be forthcoming.