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NEH Summer Stipend

Guidelines for the NEH Summer Stipends

FULL PROPOSAL DEADLINE to NEH: September 25, 2019 (for projects beginning May 2020)

NEH Summer Stipend Guidelines submission link

Internal Competition Required

Limit on Proposals

The NEH stipulates that faculty members teaching full-time at colleges or universities must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a Summer Stipend. Each college and university may nominate TWO faculty members. Therefore, an internal competition will be held to screen the proposals going forward to the agency.

Wednesday, September 10, 2019 (required)

Please Submit to Office of Sponsored Programs by 5pm, Wednesday, September 10th: 1-2 page Scope of work

Office for Research NEH Summer Stipend Application Submission Web Portal

NOTE: Letters of Recommendation will NOT be necessary for the internal competition.

Pre-proposals to be submitted:

An internal committee will review and pass on recommendations to the VPR. The VPR will make the final selection of proposals to be submitted. Selected PI’s will be notified by September 16th.
As the submission requirements for this proposal are unique, selected PI’s will not need to route the application through the Office of Sponsored Programs. They may continue to develop proposals until the final due date (September 25, 2019).

Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.
Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.
Summer Stipends support full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months.
Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.
Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars. Organizations are not eligible to apply.
All applications are submitted via
Cost-share is NOT required.
Indirect Costs are not to be included in the budget.

September 10th – ISU Internal Pre-proposal due to Office of Sponsored Programs by 5pm.
September 16th – PI’s will be notified of nomination.
September 25th – Final Due date to NEH. Submission through by the individual faculty member.

If you have any questions about this process or the program in general, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs ext. 2592 or Steve Wright, ext. 2593.

You can also review RFP’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Contact NEH’s Division of Research Programs at 202-606-8200 or Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.

NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program

Deadline January 22, 2019

NSF MRI Pre-Proposal Guidelines

Current solicitation -- NSF 18-513


The NSF MRI program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.

Important Dates and Deadlines

November 1

MRI Pre-proposal due to Sponsored Programs*

*You DO NOT need to formally route your pre-proposal or any NSF forms at this time

November 9

Proposal selection and PI notification

January 7

Full proposal due to Sponsored Programs for review and approval

January 22

NSF MRI full proposal due at the agency

Limit on Proposals

NSF restricts the number of proposal Idaho State University may submit to three. If three proposal are submitted, at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development, meaning no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition.

An internal competition will be held to select the proposal going forward to NSF.  

Track 1: Track 1 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $100,000 and less than $1,000,000.

  • No more than two proposals.

Track 2: Track 2 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $1,000,000 up to and including $4,000,000.

  • No more than one proposal.

ISU Internal Pre- Proposal Guidelines

  1. Cover page
    1. Identify PI and Co-PI’s
    2. Indicated total anticipated costs; including required cost-share and its sources
      1. Cost-share must be verified and documented prior to full submission to NSF.
    3. Indicate proposal type
      1. Instrument Acquisition (Track 1).
      2. Instrument development (Track 2).
  2. Pre-proposal (more than three single-spaced pages)
    1. briefly address items V.A.3 a-e, Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions from the Program Solicitation NSF 18-513.  Full guidelines can be found here.
  3. Budget
    1. Outline your entire budget, including anticipated required costs and cost-share sources. You can find the budget template here.
    2. Refer to the Budgetary Information in NSF 18-513 when developing your budget.  
    3. Cost sharing is REQUIRED at a level of 30% of the total proposed project cost.  (Note: this is not 30% of the NSF request, but rather 30% of the total project cost.)  
    4. As part of the budget, specifically, describe how this cost-sharing requirement will be met.  Refer to Budget Information Section V.B. to determine how to calculate cost share.


Review changes to the annual competition, identified in the program solicitation under “Important Information and Revision Notes.”

If this pre-proposal is a resubmission of a full proposal to any agency, copies of the panel summary and review must be included in the pre-proposal documentation.  These pages will not be counted against the three-page max requirement.

Proposal Review

An internal committee will be selected based on the expertise needed to review the pre-proposals that are received.  The committee will rank and make recommendations to the Vice President for Research & Dean of the Graduate School (VPR), who will make the final decision.  


Office for Research MRI PreProposal Submission Web Portal


If you have any questions about this process or the NSF MRI program in general, please contact Sponsored Programs & Support at x2592, Steve Wright at x2593, or Laura Stewart-Burch at x3832.  

You can also review NSF MRI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Sponsored Programs & Support

Physical Address:
Business & Technology Center
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Mailing Address:
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Contacting Our Office:
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