» Limited Submission

Some federal agencies and private foundations limit the number of applications that may be submitted from one institution within a specified period of time. In order to increase the chances of Chapman University’s success in applying for these "Limited Submission" opportunities, a procedure exists to select the most meritorious proposal(s) when multiple Chapman PIs demonstrate interest in the same limited submission opportunity.

This procedure is called an "internal competition," and particular rules apply. An internal competition adds a significant step to proposal preparation; therefore, to allow adequate time for selection and to enable PIs to complete the final application, internal deadlines for limited submission opportunities are set well in advance of official sponsor deadlines.

  • How Internal Competition Works
  • How to Participate
  • The Office of Research will post limited competition announcements online. Faculty and staff who are interested in the funding opportunity should submit a brief project description to the Office of Research at sps@chapman.edu by the internal deadline. When the number of proposals exceeds the sponsor’s limit, an internal ad hoc committee will be created to review and assist in selection of proposals. The review process will also include input from leadership from the representative academic units to help determine which proposal(s) will move forward, based on merit and strategic priorities. If interest does not exceed the sponsor’s limit, no internal competition will be held.

  • 1. Inform the University – Any PI-Eligible Chapman faculty or administrator may apply for a limited submission opportunity. Interested PIs should notify the Office of Research promptly by emailing sps@chapman.edu. If the sponsor’s solicitation does not appear on Chapman’s Limited Submission web page listing, please notify the Office of Research and the opportunity will be added to the website.

    2. Prepare a Brief Proposal – Required components of the brief proposal are clarified in the announcement of the internal competition (below). Please review the agency guidelines to ensure that your project fits the funding opportunity. Prepare a brief proposal that includes the information requested.

    3. Submit the Proposal to the Office of Research – Proposals are to be submitted via email to sps@chapman.edu by the internal competition deadline. The Office of Research will coordinate committee review.

    4. Follow-up – Following the internal competition, PIs will be notified of their status. Selected PI's may receive suggested edits and modifications from the reviewing committee. Top proposals will be expected to be fully complete and ready for submission by the sponsor's deadline.

Current Opportunities

+ - National Science Foundation: Major Research Instrumentation Program

CU Internal Competition Deadline: Friday, November 3, 2017; External Deadline: Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

NSF’s Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally.

Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use. Development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged.

Required information for Chapman internal review: Please submit a brief (1-2 page) summary describing: the equipment, the need, and who will utilize the equipment. The document should also include the following information:

  • Specify whether you will purchase or build the equipment (i.e.: acquisition or development proposal category)
  • Estimated budget, including federal funds and if needed, Chapman University funds
  • Will additional space or remodeling be required?
  • What is the plan for maintenance and service cost associated with the equipment?
  • What other faculty and/or programs at Chapman will benefit from this major research equipment?

+ - National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works

CU Internal Competition Deadline: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

"Art Works" refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. The NEA recognizes these catalytic effects of excellent art, and the key role that arts and design organizations play in revitalizing them. To deepen and extend the arts' value, including their ability to foster new connections and to exemplify creativity and innovation, the NEA welcomes projects that:

  • Are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, whether in the development or enhancement of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art;
  • Are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions; and
  • Have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field.

The Art Works Program aims to achieve the following four objectives:

Creation: The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence,
Engagement: Public engagement with diverse and excellent art,
Learning: Lifelong learning in the arts, and
Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts.

+ - National Endowment for the Arts: Challenge America

CU Internal Competition Deadline: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.  Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

This category encourages and supports the following objective:

Engagement: Public engagement with diverse and excellent art,

Past Opportunities

Past postings may be indicators for potential future opportunities. Sponsors often repeat limited submission opportunities in rotation.

+ - National Endowment for the Humanities: Summer Stipend

CU Internal Competition Deadline: Passed (September)

Summer Stipends support 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, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work for a period of two consecutive months and supports projects at any stage of development.