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.

NSF 16-533 NSF Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI)

Advancements in data-driven scientific research depend on trustworthy and reliable cyberinfrastructure. Researchers rely on a variety of networked technologies and software tools to achieve their scientific goals. These may include local or remote instruments, wireless sensors, software programs, operating systems, database servers, high-performance computing, large-scale storage, and other critical infrastructure connected by high-speed networking. This complex, distributed, interconnected global cyberinfrastructure ecosystem presents unique cybersecurity challenges. NSF-funded scientific instruments, sensors and equipment are specialized, highly-visible assets that present attractive targets for both unintentional errors and malicious activity; untrustworthy software or a loss of integrity of the data collected by a scientific instrument may mean corrupt, skewed or incomplete results. Furthermore, often data-driven research, e.g., in the medical field or in the social sciences, requires access to private information, and exposure of such data may cause financial, reputational and/or other damage.

Therefore, an increasing area of focus for NSF is the development and deployment of hardware and software technologies and techniques to protect research cyberinfrastructure across every stage of the scientific workflow.

Organizations are limited to 2 CICI proposals. These eligibility constraints will be strictly enforced in order to treat everyone fairly and consistently. In the event that an organization exceeds this limit, proposals received within the limit will be accepted based on earliest date and time of proposal submission (i.e., the first two proposals received will be accepted and the remainder will be returned without review). No exceptions will be made.  Full Proposal Deadline is by 5PM April 19, 2016.

Dr. Alec Yasinsac, Dean & Professor, School of Computing - has secured an applicant slot for this limited submission opportunity; one additional slot remains.

For information about submitting an application as the second USA applicant please contact Dr. Kimberly Littlefield (

(posted 3/10/16)


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  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 emi>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.