Limited Submission Programs

Sponsors sometimes limit the number of proposals that UNH may submit to a specific funding opportunity. UNH's policies and procedures to handle these types of funding opportunities are described below.

Special considerations for working with foundations also are outlined below.

Limited Submission Programs (LSPs) with deadlines in the next few months are communicated broadly

(1) A list on the Research Office website - Current LSP Deadlines
(2) A monthly email sent to the UNH Research Community e-list

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Standardized procedures have been implemented to facilitate a fair and strategic University-wide process to select the proposals to be submitted to these programS


National Endowment to the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend
Applicant selection is conducted by the Center for the Humanities. Internal deadline is in late August each year.
Center for the Humanities funding opportunities- Summer stipend
NEH Summer Stipend Program page


Selection of applicants for state-wide competitions are coordinated by the NH EPSCoR office, the IDeA office, or by the NH NASA EPSCoR program. Internal competitions may be conducted to select UNH applicants to programs that allow applications directly from UNH.
NH EPSCoR office




New Hampshire Charitable Foundation & Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund
All proposals MUST be coordinated with Troy Finn in the Office of Institutional Giving.


Programs of High Interest
Internal competitions will be announced by the Director of Research and Large Center Development via an email that will contain the deadlines and details of the competition. Open competitons will appear on the internal competiton portal site.

These programs include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)
        New ProposalsResubmissions
  • NSF Partnerships for Research & Education (PIRE)
  • NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program
  • USDA-NIFA Equipment Grant Program (EGP)


All Other Sponsors/Programs
Check Current LSP Deadlines or the internal competiton portal site to see if an internal competition is underway or if interest has been expressed by another researcher. 

If a competion is not underway, then please indicate your interest in applying by sending an email to Michael Thompson no later than 2 months before the sponsor's deadline that includes:

  • 1-2 page summary of your intended project
  • Sponsor's name, specific program name, deadline date, and URL for the program guidelines (or attach a copy of the guidelines)

If more individuals indicate interest than the number of proposals allowed, the Director of Research and Large Center Development, in consultation with the Senior Vice Provost for Research, Economic Engagement and Outreach, will determine whether an internal competition will be conducted to inform their strategic choices re: which proposals will go forward from UNH.


FOR ALL PROGRAMS, if it is past the internal competition deadline OR within 2 months of the sponsor's deadline

Contact Michael Thompson to see if there are any remaining openings.


Foundations - Special Considerations

Many foundations and other not-for-profit sponsors prefer to receive a limited number of inquiries, letters of intent, and/or proposals from UNH, even if not stated explicitly in there guidelines. In addition, there are UNH strategies for working with some foundations and businesses/corporations.

UNH Institutional Giving staff provide counsel, oversight, and support with research, writing, cultivation, and stewardship. Working with Institutional Giving staff builds a pipeline of competitive awards and program opportunities and reduces the incidence of multiple requests to foundations and corporations, with the goal of minimizing confusion and internal competition.

If you are thinking about a project or have an idea of a foundation you’d like to work with, contact Laura Chisholm in UNH Institutional Giving for discussion before you contact the foundation or submit a letter of interest or proposal.



Knowledge Base

The Knowledge Base contains forms, instruction and training material, minutes, policies, tools and other resources to support your research efforts by topic area.


UNH Research and Large Center Development Office Contacts


Caitlin Aspinall
Senior Associate
Phone: (603) 862-2497

Ruth Davis
Program Assistant
Phone: (603) 862-2410

Maria Emanuel
Senior Associate
Phone: (603) 862-4377

Lynnette Hentges
Senior Associate
Phone: (603) 862-2002

Mark Milutinovich
Executive Director
Phone: (603) 862-5338

Michael Thompson
Phone: (603) 862-5255

RLCD Main Office:
303 Thompson Hall