Sponsored Programs & Research Compliance

Limited Submission

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.

InfoReady Review is the competition management system UNCW utilizes for limited submission review. Participating in an internal competition is required in order to submit applications to limited proposal opportunities. 

MRI Application Now Open

MRI Program

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program 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.

Submitting a Proposal 

The number of MRI proposal submissions allowed per institution continues to be a maximum of three, but is now based on the dollar value of the amount requested from NSF:

  • 2 submissions in Track 1 ($100,000 to less than $1 million)
  • 1 submission in Track 2 ($1 million up to and including $4 million)
Note: UNCW is considered a non-Ph.D. granting institution by NSF standards and thus no cost share is required by UNCW.

Only pre-proposals submitted to SPARC via InfoReady will be prioritized and considered for submission. 

The Major Research Instrumentation Application period is open until Sunday October 31. 

SPARC is offering 2 information sessions to answer any questions related to the MRI application. 

Use the Information Session link to register for a session or submit a question. After you have completed the registration, a link to the meeting you selected will be emailed to you. 

MRI links

MRI Information

MRI Application

Info Session Registration


ROI Launch

Research Opportunities Initiative (ROI)

The 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

Internal Deadline: Application Requests for FY22 have not been initiated.