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.

  • There are no currently active internal competitions.

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

Internal (USM) Deadline: 5:00 pm Monday, November 25

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