Sponsored Programs & Research Compliance

Limited Submission

What are limited submissions?

When an organization limits the number of submissions allowed per institution for letters of intent, white papers, or full proposals, UNCW must make steps to ensure the university does not exceed the limit set for the funding opportunity. If UNCW submits more proposals than the limit allows the sponsor can reject all UNCW proposals without review. 

What if I'm interested in applying to a limited submission opportunity?

  1. Active competitions can be found in InfoReady Review, the competition management system UNCW utilizes for limited submission review. Upcoming competitions can be found in the list below. We hold internal competitions for these programs every year as there are multiple prospective applicants. 
  2. If the opportunity you're interested in is not in the list below, apply to this non-specific limited submission competition at least eight weeks before the sponsor's deadline. This will notify us of your intent to apply. We will try to determine whether there are other prospective applicants and coordinate an internal competition only if necessary. If there are no other prospective applicants, the first person who notified us of his/her intent to apply is approved as the one applicant from UNCW that year. 

Popular Limited Submissions

* NEH Summer Stipends * NSF Major Research Instrumentation * Research Opportunities Initiative
* National Endowment for the Arts * NC Library & Tech Art Project * NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation
* William T. Grant Scholars * South Arts Grants

Application Process

Internal competitions are used to fairly select the strongest proposal from all potential applicants at UNCW.  Only pre-proposals submitted to SPARC via InfoReady will be prioritized and considered for submission. 

  1. Announcements will be sent to department chairs, SWOOP, and the SPARC mailing lists.
  2. Applications are completed within the InfoReady system
  3. All submitted applications that meet the eligibility requirements and are completed as requested are passed on to the internal reviewer(s).
  4. Applications are reviewed based on the program's guidelines. If necessary, completed reviews are presented to the Associate Provost for Research and Innovation who then makes the final decision as to which application will move forward.
  5. InfoReady notifies all investigators of the outcome of their submission.
  6. Selected applicants will partner with SPARC to complete the proposal to the sponsor and will route the proposal through OSPREY for internal approvals. Once routed in OSPREY, SPARC will review, approve, and submit the proposal to the sponsor.

Since it is not possible to maintain an exhaustive list of all programs, it remains the faculty member's responsibility to notify SPARC if he/she is considering applying to a program with a submission restriction.

Summer Stipends National Endowment for the Humanities

Summer Stipends from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)  supports individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.  Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions. This competition is available for tenured and/or tenure-track faculty. The nominee will be required to submit to NEH directly.

The number of proposal submissions allowed: 2
Internal Pre-proposal Deadline: 7/15/22   |  Click Here to Apply
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Major Research Instrumentation Program (NSF)

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program from NSF serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.

The number of proposal submissions allowed: Track 1: 2 submissions ($100,000 to less than $1 million) & Track 2: 1 submission ($1 million up to and including $4 million)
Internal Pre-proposal Deadline: TBD
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Research Opportunities Initiative Launch

The Research Opportunities Initiative (ROI) provides targeted funding for innovative and potentially game-changing research projects. The initiative should have broad impact and involve multiple researchers and collaborators.   ROI invites submissions that propose a large‐scale initiative involving multiple strategies designed to deliberately support and increase the research footprint in one of the eligible areas: Advanced Manufacturing; Marine and Coastal Science; Defense, Military and Security; Pharmacoengineering; Energy; Data Science.

The number of proposal submissions allowed: 1
Internal Pre-proposal Deadline: TBD
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National Endowment for the Arts Grants

Our Town from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) supports activities that integrate arts, culture, and design into local efforts that strengthen communities. Our Town projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Grants range from $25,000 to $150,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.

The number of proposal submissions allowed: 2
Internal Pre-proposal Deadline: TBD

Grants for Art Projects from the NEA supports artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity.

The number of proposal submissions allowed: 1
Internal Pre-proposal Deadline: TBD

Challenge America from the NEA supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to undeserved populations.

The number of proposal submissions allowed: 1
Internal Pre-proposal Deadline: TBD
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NC Library Services & Technology Act Project

The NC Library Services & Technology Act Project (LSTA) supports a new or improved program or service that will solve a specific problem or meet an identified need of the library’s current or potential users.  

The number of proposal submissions allowed: 3
Internal Pre-proposal Deadline: TBD
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NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation

The NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation supports activities that help meet the educational and health needs of today's society and future generations. For decades, the Foundation has been a proud supporter of programs in our state that help advance science, health and education.

The number of proposal submissions allowed: 1 for either Traditional Grant Or Ribbon of Hope Grant
Internal Pre-proposal Deadline: TBD
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William T. Grant Scholars Program

The William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand junior researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas.

The number of proposal submissions allowed: 1 per College
Internal Pre-proposal Deadline: TBD
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South Arts Grants

The South Arts Grants funds various programs that  support the artists, arts organizations, and communities that help the Southern region thrive.

The number of proposal submissions allowed: 1 per program
Internal Pre-proposal Deadline: TBD
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