What is a Limited Submission Program?

Limited submission programs are those for which funding agencies restrict the number of proposals a university may submit for consideration for an award.  To ensure that the most competitive proposals go forward to represent James Madison University, at times it is necessary to put an internal competition procedure in place. 

What happens when there is a Limited Submissions?

When we learn of limited submissions, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) will publicize the opportunity both on the OSP website and in special funding announcements to deans and department heads.  To assist in the internal evaluation process, a panel of interdisciplinary evaluators will screen all eligible and interested nominees to determine which proposals will best represent the University in the limited submission competitions.

To indicate your intent to submit a pre-proposal for the JMU Internal Competition for any limited submission program, complete the required form and return to the OSP according to the instructions on the form.

Requirements for internal review will mirror the requirements of the awarding body to reduce duplication or extraneous paperwork. Unless stated otherwise, all required documentation should be submitted electronically by the posted deadline to OSP via the following e-mail:  jmu_grants@jmu.edu.

The intention is to make this procedure fair and timely so that each potential applicant has adequate time to refine their submission prior to the sponsor’s deadline. Every effort will be made to maintain current and accurate information about the limited submission deadlines and procedures on the OSP website; however, the awarding agency’s posted information remains the final authority.

Calendar of Known Limited Submission Programs
Funding Agency/Sponsor
Target Internal Deadline Title of Program/URL

National Science Foundation 



Receipt of the MRI Letter of Intent forms Due:

Friday, September 29, 2023 

Applicants notified of internal limited competition: September 12, 2023 

Oct 9: reviewers’ comments shared with applicants

Nov 15: full proposals due

(Note NEW solicitation with revised full proposal receipt date, Nov 15)




If you have any questions about the internal review process for limited submission proposals, please contact OSP at 568-6872 or send an e-mail to jmu_grants@jmu.edu.

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