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.


Alabama EPSCoR RII Track 2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (FEC)

Although the details are still evolving, NSF EPSCoR has recently completely changed the rules and format for its upcoming NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track 2 program.

 Alabama EPSCoR anticipates issuance of a RFP for this new Track 2 FEC program during this month of November, 2014. These proposals take much time and the deadline is anticipated to be in January, 2015.

 Track 2 FEC proposals need to be in one of two areas:  i.) Understanding the Human Brain; ii) The Water-Food-Energy Nexus.  Some information on the Understanding the Human Brain initiative can be found at  The primary areas of interest are i.) multiscale integration of the dynamic activity and structure of the brain; ii) neuro technology and research infrastructure; iii) quantitative theory and modeling of brain function; iv) brain-inspired concepts and design.

According to NSF EPSCoR, there is no similarly succinct summary of the Water-Food-Energy Nexus (it is forthcoming soon), but the research areas are: i) integrated analysis and modeling; ii) advanced materials and technological solutions; iii) the integrated science behind improvements of feedstock production systems, including aquaculture; iv) advanced sensors and analytics.   

 Each EPSCoR Institution (including the University of South Alabama) can submit only one proposal to the NSF as prime, but there is no limit on the number of Track 2 FEC proposals USA researchers can be on as a sub.

If you would like to submit a project for consideration as the single USA Prime applicant, please contact Kim Littlefield, by November 15, 2014.    

2015 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.

Sponsor Program Announcement:

USA Limited Competition Announcement and Timeline

USA Limited Submission Competition Status: The USA will be submitting two (2) Track I Acquisition and one (1) Track II Development applications for the 2015 NSF MRI Competition.  The 2015 USA NSF MRI applicants are:

Track I:    Dr. John Cleary, Principal Investigator, Asst. Professor, Civil Engineering: "Acquisition of a Research Grade Subsonic Wind Tunnel" 

Drs. T. Grant Glover and Doug Haywick, Principal Investigators, Asst. Professor, Chemical Engineering and Biomolecular Engineering and Assoc. Professor Earth Sciences (respectively): "Acquisition of a Powder X-ray Diffractometer for the Characterization of both Synthetic and Naturally Occurring Crystalline Materials"

Track II:   Dr. Silas Leavesley, Principal Investigator, Assoc. Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering: "Development of a High-Speed, Hyperspectral Imaging, Spinning - Disk Confocal Microscope"

Oak Ridge Associated University (OPRU Member Institution) Opportunity

2015 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities. USA Limited Submission Competition Information: Each ORAU member institution may submit up to two applications each year. Nominations are solicited from Department Chairs from the USA ORED. Full-time assistant professors at ORAU member institutions within two years of their initial tenure track appointment at the time of application are eligible. The research project must be in one of the following five disciplines:

  • Engineering and Applied Science
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics/Computer Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Policy, Management, or Education

USA nominees should have established research collaborations with government, private-sector, and other academic researchers. Such alliances enrich and extend not only the reach of your efforts, but the nation’s research enterprise, overall.  Because of the close working relationship between ORAU and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Award Committee particularly encourages collaborative interaction with ORNL. Thus, substantive interdisciplinary research and inter-institutional research partnerships will be considered as very positive factors in the review process, and will increase chances for success.

Funding is provided exclusively from non-federal monies by ORAU. The award amount provided by ORAU is $5,000. The applicant’s institution is required to match the award with at least an additional $5,000. This is a one-year grant (June 1 to May 31). This award can include funds for faculty summer salary, graduate student salary, travel, equipment, or other assistance relevant to the faculty member’s research. ORAU does not allow overhead charges or indirect costs on the award from ORAU or the university match.

Junior faculty members who have been selected as the USA institutional nominees will submit their completed applications to their institution’s ORAU Councilor (Kimberly Littlefield, Ph.D.). The ORAU Councilor will transmit the institutional submission to ORAU by Noon, January 12, 2015.

USA Limited Submission Competition Status: Pending 

The New York Academy of Sciences – Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

Sponsor Program Announcement:

USA Limited Competition Announcement and Timeline: Coming soon.

USA Limited Submission Competition Status: Pending