Limited Submissions FAQ & Institutional Nominees
For all active (open) limited submission competitions see InfoReady.
What is a limited submission and why do I need to know about them?
Some grant and fellowship programs limit the number of proposals that may be submitted by an institution (and/or PI). (This information is usually provided in the "eligibility" section of a funding announcement, and is sometimes advertised on the program website.) This is done for a variety of reasons, such as limiting the number of proposals that require review in order to reduce the burden on reviewers; ensuring that submissions have the endorsement of the originating institution; and encouraging submission of the best quality proposals from an institution.
A limited submission to any external funding opportunity such as a grant, fellowship, or other funding requires institutional approval. Sometimes the funder requires specific documentation that is submitted with the proposal or directly to the agency. In all cases, South's Office of Sponsored Projects Administration requires internal documentation submitted with the proposal record in Cayuse SP. Documentation of institutional approval is handled by Research Communications, Development & Learning.
IMPORTANT: If you submit a proposal to a limited submission program without an institutional nomination and the institutional limit is exceeded, your proposal, and other proposals submitted from USA for that opportunity, will very likely be returned without review.
Below are more FAQs about limited submissions.
Some limited submissions are so specific that only a handful of people from a given institution are eligible to apply; however, others are quite broad and receive more faculty interest than the number of allowable proposals. For the latter we usually run an internal competition to determine the eligible institutional nominee(s).
First you should check our calendar of recurring limited submission opportunities, below, to see if the program you want to apply to is one that we regularly run an internal competition for. If it is, you will have a general idea of the timeframe and can check InfoReady for an open competition.
If you do NOT see the program you are interested in listed, contact our office for more information. It is best to contact us early on when you have identified a limited submission you are interested in, before developing your application. That way, if an internal competition must be run we will have adequate time to do so.
The following limited submission opportunities are ones that typically recur on an annual basis, and are listed by anticipated agency deadline. For many of them, we expect to run an internal competition in order to select eligible nominees. Competitions are typically opened a couple of months prior to the agency deadline. If you do not see the competition you are interested in applying for, contact our office. This is by no means an inclusive list of limited submissions, but rather ones that South faculty frequently apply to.
Calendar includes agency (not internal) deadline and number of applications per institution.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards (due 6 Jan 2021; up to two may be submitted)
National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program (due 19 Jan 2021; up to three may be submitted)
Mary Kay Foundation Cancer Research Grants (due early February; one submission allowed)
Department of Energy EPSCoR Implementation Grant (due 2 Mar 2021, although due dates may vary annually; one submission allowed)
NASA EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement Notice (9 Apr 2021, although due dates may vary annually; one submission allowed)
National Science Foundation EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (due 25 Apr 2021; up to three may be submitted)
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends (due 22 Sep 2021; up to three may be submitted)
National Science Foundation EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (LOI due 18 Dec 2020; one submission allowed)
Prior to routing the proposal, the nomination memo should be uploaded as a proposal attachment in Cayuse SP with a document type of Representations/Certifications. This will certify institutional eligibility to submit a limited submission application. Proposals routed for a limited submission opportunity without the official memo will not be approved until the memo is received, which could jeopardize a timely submission to the agency.
Submission-eligible institutional nominees for various limited submission opportunities are listed below.
Department of Energy Building EPSCoR-State/National Laboratory Partnerships 2022
Dr. Melike Dizbay-Onat, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering
Dr. K-T Hsiao, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Jinhui Wang, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
HRSA Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention - Mobile Health Training Program (NEPQR-MHTP) 2022
Dr. Emily Bentley, Department of Adult Health Nursing
Mary Kay Ash Foundation Innovative/Translational Cancer Research Grants 2022
Dr. Simon Grelet, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends Program 2021
Dr. Brian Whitener, Assistant Professor, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature
NASA EPSCoR 2022
Dr. James Davis, Department of Chemistry
NIH PAR-21-326 Modern Equipment for Shared-Use Biomedical Research Facilities
Dr. Michele Schuler, Department of Comparative Medicine
NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations 2022
Dr. Na Gong, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-4 Research Fellows (RII Track-4) 2021
Dr. Todd Lillian, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Daniela Wolter Ferreira Touma, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Xiangli Wang, Department of Marine Science
NSF Major Research Instrumentation 2022
Dr. Ryan Benton, Department of Computer Science
Dr. Thomas Rich, Department of Pharmacology
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NSF National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes 2022
Dr. Aviv Segev, Department of Computer Science
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) 2022
Dr. Prakash Duraisamy, Department of Computer Science
ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards 2022
Dr. Joanna Furno, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Aref Yadollahi, Department of Mechanical Engineering