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.


We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 NSF Major Research Instrumentation White Paper submission competition. White paper submission is being staged via the USA InfoReady Review Platform. White paper submission is required.

Click here to go directly to the USA InfoReady Review Letter of Intent submission site:

  • White Paper Submission Deadline: Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 5P
  • Applicants notified: September 16, 2016 (projected)
  • Discipline/Subject Area: Interdisciplinary Research Instrumentation
  • Funding Available: $4,000,000
  • Link to full NSF 15-504 Program Announcement

Description: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.

 For the purposes of the MRI program, a proposal must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single instrument or for equipment that, when combined, serves as an integrated research instrument.

An acquisition (Track 1) proposal is characterized by: 1) a purchase requiring limited personnel and having little risk to complete, 2) demonstrated need for the purchase or upgrade of a generally available, yet sophisticated, instrument with little or no modification.

A development (Track 2) proposal is characterized by: 1) a demonstrated need for a new or extensively upgraded instrument that can provide enhance or potentially transformative use and performance, open up new areas of research and research training, and/or have potential as a commercial product, 2) an equipment development effort that requires longer timescales for completion and involve design, construction, testing and commissioning such that the equipment cost may not represent the largest portion of the budget.

 The MRI program does not support requests for general purpose ancillary laboratory equipment or multiple instruments that serve to outfit a laboratory or research environment. The MRI program also does not support the acquisition or development of instrumentation used primarily for science and engineering education courses however this, and other uses of the instrumentation, may serve to facilitate the broader impacts of the project. Please see the program announcement for other important qualifications.

Cost Share: This program requires Cost Sharing of 30% of the total cost of the project (funds requested from NSF plus USA cost share funds = total cost of the project).

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.     

2017 NEH Guidelines and USA Institutionally approved 2017 faculty nominees:

19 August 2016 - Dr. Clair Cage - Asst. Professor, Department of History is confirmed as an institutionally-approved, eligible faculty nominee for the 2017 NEH Summer Stipend Program.

26 August 2016 - Dr. Christina Lindeman - Asst. Professor, Department Visual Arts is confirmed as an institutionally-approved, eligible faculty nominee for the 2017 NEH Summer Stipend Program.