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 NSF RII Track II Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (FEC)
RII Track-2 FEC builds inter-jurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in scientific focus areas consistent with NSF priorities. Projects are investigator-driven and must include researchers from at least two RII-eligible jurisdictions. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education activities should seek to broaden participation through the strategic 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). The development of diverse early-career faculty is a critical component of this sustainable STEM capacity. For FY 2016, RII Track-2 FEC proposals are invited on two topics: 1) Understanding the Brain; and 2) Sustainable Food, Energy, and Water Systems.
Internal Proposal Guidelines: Please prepare a two (2) – page proposal that addresses the following objectives – and - a one page document that describes the proposed four (4) year budget (see NSF Program Announcement for budget limitations as they relate to research team requirements).
Include NSF Biographical Sketches for each PI/Co-PI. The proposal and budget should be no more than three pages, NSF Biographical Sketches for the PI/Co-PI(s) should adhere to NSF formatting guidelines and be no more than 2 pages in length.
1) Please describe the research project (no more than 1 page) include: 1) General description of the Project, 2) 2016 NSF Research Area targeted by the project (see Program Solicitation for a complete description of the NSF – defined Research Areas), 3) Description of the Research Team including brief description of prior collaborative work and project-relevant publications that the cross – jurisdictional partnership shares and the projected scopes of work to be performed at the USA and by the EPSCoR – eligible, external Co-PI(s) at their institution(s).
2) Please describe how the project broadens participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research and education activities through the strategic 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). The development of diverse early-career faculty is a critical component of the sustainable STEM capacity. (1 page).
Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated for alignment with the 2016 NSF Research Areas, strength of the research partnership and how the project addresses Objective 2.
Proposals are due Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by 5:00PM.
Compile the 2 – page proposal, 1 – page budget and each of the NSF Biographical Sketches into a single PDF for submission. Application submission is being managed through InfoReady Review. To apply please visit the USA InfoReady Review site at:
The USA submission eligible applicant will be notified by the close of business
on Friday December 18, 2015.
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 2016 NSF MRI Institutional Nominees are:
Dr. Todd Andel - School of Computing - Track 1
Co-PIs: Drs. Silas Leavesley, Mark Taylor, Tom Rich - College of Engineering and College of Medicine - Track II
2015 Alabama Innovation Fund (AIF)
The State of Alabama has created the Alabama Innovation Fund. In 2015 this fund supported two programs - Research and Renewal. Should another competition be announced the information will be distributed University-wide.
The USA 2015 AIF institutional nominees were:
Dr. Mohammad Alam, Electrical and Computer Engineering (Research)- AWARDED
Dr. Alec Yasinsac, School of Computing (Research)
Dr. K.-T. Hsaio, Mechanical Engineering (Renewal) - AWARDED
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 email@example.com 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.