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 ORA Information Specialist Syd Conner for guidance, at 601-266-5054 or

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Current Competitions

Always refer to sponsor guidelines for complete program details.

Title: First in the World (FITW) — Development; Validation – Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)

Internal (USM) Deadline: 5:00 pm Tuesday, May 26, 2015   

Sponsor: U.S. Dept. of Education (ED)

Program Summary:
FITW grants support the development, replication, & dissemination of innovative solutions & evidence to address challenges for postsecondary students at risk of not completing their programs. There are two types of FITW grants in FY 2015 — Development & Validation. They differ in the level of evidence of effectiveness required, the level of scale the funded project should reach, &, consequently, the amount of funding available. Development grants sup-port new or substantially more effective practices for addressing widely shared challenges. Validation grants support the expansion & replication of projects supported by moderate evidence of effectiveness, to a scaled multi-site sample that would include multiple institutions of higher education.

Link to more information:  

Sponsor Restrictions:
ED limits each applicant institution to one FITW proposal — even though there are separate notices for the 2 proposal types. To select one proposal to submit to ED, USM is conducting an internal competition.


Faculty members who want to compete should:

A selection committee appointed by the Vice President for Research will choose one concept paper for development into a full proposal for submission to ED (via


  • Concept papers due at by 5:00 pm Tuesday, May 26, 2015
  • Full proposal (selected) due at ED by June 30, 2015

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Title: NEH Summer Stipends 

Internal (USM) Deadline: 5:00 pm Thursday, September 17, 2015  

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 which 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 criteria, then make nominee recommendations to the Provost.

Faculty members who want to be placed in nomination should submit an internal (university) application package to Southern Miss Office of Research Administration (ORA) by 5 p.m. Thursday, September 17, 2015. 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)
  • Description of the proposed study, of not more than three pages single spaced or six pages double spaced
  • One-page bibliography
  • Two-page Curriculum Vitae in outline form

Upon completion of the application package,

  1. Mail or deliver a printed copy of the application package, with the signed Internal Approval Form, to ORA (Box 5157; Bond Hall, Room 327), AND
  2. Email your electronic documents — except the IAF — as Word or PDF attachment(s), to by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, September 17, 2015.

A selection committee appointed by the Vice President for Research will choose one concept paper for development into a full proposal for submission to ED (via


  • Concept papers due at by 5:00 pm Thursday, September 17, 2015
  • Selected Nominees' full proposals must be submitted to NEH online by Thursday, October 1, 2015