Internal Competitions

If you haven't already done so, please review our general procedures for managing grant programs that limit the number of applications an institution or its subsidiary components may submit. If the University is currently conducting an internal competition pursuant to a grant program that interests you, you will find instructions below. If you would like to apply to a limited submission program that is not listed below, before you begin to prepare a proposal, please contact SPA Information Specialist Syd Conner for guidance, at 601-266-4119 or

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Current Competitions

Always refer to sponsor guidelines for complete program details.

Title: NEH Summer Stipends
Internal (USM) Deadline: 5:00 pm Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Sponsor:  National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Program Summary: NEH Summer Stipends support humanities research that contributes to scholarly knowledge or the public's understanding of the humanities. The stipends provide $6,000 to selected individuals for two consecutive, uninterrupted summer months of full-time* independent study and research.

The Office of the Provost at Southern Miss will supplement an awarded NEH stipend with a variable sum that, in combination with the NEH stipend, equals the awardee’s established summer teaching salary as determined by faculty rank. Faculty of all ranks may compete, and new faculty are encouraged to participate.

*Note: The stipends are intended to enable awardees to conduct research instead of teaching (or engaging in other paid work). Teaching during the two-month award period would be a violation of federal regulations.

Link to more information:
Sponsor Restrictions: An institution may nominate a maximum of two (2) faculty for the Summer Stipends competition. At Southern Miss, the Provost appoints a committee to review and screen applications according to NEH selection criteria and make nominee recommendations to the Provost.

Instructions: Faculty members who want to be placed in nomination should submit an internal (university) application package to Southern Miss Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) by 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 16, 2014. The internal application package consists of a Southern Miss Internal Approval Form (be sure to download the current IAF) plus the following elements of the NEH application:

  • Cover page (project title, name, academic rank, date),
  • Two-page CV in outline form,
  • Description of the proposed study, of not more than three pages single spaced or six pages double spaced, and
  • One-page bibliography.

Upon completion of the application package,

  1. Mail or deliver a printed copy of the application package, with the signed Internal Approval Form, to SPA (Box 5157; Bond Hall, Room 327), AND
  2. Email your electronic documents — except for the IAF — as Word or PDF attachment(s), to by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 16, 2014.


  • USM Internal Deadline: 5:00 pm Tuesday, September 16, 2014
  • Nominees' full proposals must be submitted to NEH online by Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) — Instrument Acquisition or Development

Internal (USM) Deadline: 5:00 pm Monday, November 25, 2013   > Look for a new competition to be announced during the fall semester of 2014.

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Program Summary:
MRI is meant to improve the quality and scope of research and research training in science and engineering, and to foster the integration of research and education by providing instrumentation for research-intensive learning environments. The program encourages the development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use and in concert with private sector partners. The MRI program has introduced specific tracks for the acquisition (Track 1) and development (Track 2) of a research instrument, and provided guidance that must be followed when applying for each track. Please read all of the revisions in “IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND REVISION NOTES” in the RFP.

Link to more information:
MRI solicitation and application information:

Sponsor Restrictions:
Because NSF allows only 2 acquisition proposals & 1 development proposal per institution, USM is conducting an internal competition to determine who may submit proposals to NSF.


Faculty members who want to compete should:

  • Read the RFP at,
  • Prepare a 1- to 3-page white paper that includes a summary budget, &
  • Email it (as a Word or PDF attachment) to by 5:00 pm Monday, November 25

A selection committee appointed by the Vice President for Research will choose up to three concept papers for development into preliminary proposals.


  • Concept papers due at by 5:00 pm Monday, November 25
  • Selected investigators must send full proposals to NSF by January 23, 2014