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. 

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:

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 Title of Program/URL Target Internal Deadline Sponsor's Deadline & Limit on Application Number
The Jeffress Memorial Trust  Awards Program in Interdisciplinary Research  2/19/2021

Eligibility: Full-time faculty at institutions in Virginia that are within seven years of their first faculty appointment are eligible to apply as Principal Investigators. Student participation is a requirement of the proposed research plan. Eligible research areas for Jeffress support include astronomy, biosciences, chemistry, computer sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, material science, mathematics and physics.  Research in social, economic and behavioral sciences, including psychology, are currently outside the scope of Jeffress funding. 

New Expanded Eligibility: Impact Areas of research expanded to include medical related research, population health and health outcomes research

*NOTE: The research scope for the 2021 cycle is expanded to encompass topics that seek to improve health for Virginia residents. The Jeffress Trust is extending a call for proposals with a population health focus. Applicants that intend to address social determinants of health and/or health inequities, are encouraged to apply.

The Jeffress Memorial Trust limits applications to 5 per institution, so this is a limited submission competition. Interested applicants must submit a limited submission form to by Friday, February 19 to be eligible to apply for the competition. A panel of interdisciplinary evaluators will screen all eligible and interested nominees to determine which proposals will best represent the University. The applicants selected to apply will be notified as soon as possible to allow adequate time to prepare competitive proposals.

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

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