Limited Submissions


The Penn State Limited Submission Program manages the response to research funding opportunities for which a limited number of submissions are permitted from Penn State.

The Vice President for Research (VPR), in close communication with the college research deans and interdisciplinary consortia directors, is charged with implementing the Penn State Limited Submission Procedure.

Please contact should you have any questions.

Currently Accepting Notices of Intent

If you would like to be considered as a Penn State institutional applicant for one of these opportunities, please submit a Notice of Intent. Depending on the level of interest, a downselect competition may be held.

Funding Agency OVPR NOI Deadline Agency Final Deadline
NSF Major Research Instrumentation NOI (Closed) Aug 25, 2017 Jan 10, 2018

Currently in Downselect

Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to these funding opportunities. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to any opportunity listed on this page outside of this downselect process.

All current downselect applications are provided in the InfoReady system, at You may also click on the titles below to apply for limited submission awards that are currently in downselect. (This link opens in a new window; Penn State WebAccess log in required to see application.)

NSF Downselects:

OVPR Downselect Deadline Agency LOI Deadline Agency Final Deadline
NSF 17-581: CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) - Institutional Infrastructure (II) Track

NSF Revision Note: In previous years, this opportunity was not a limited...

Sep 08, 2017 Nov 02, 2017
NSF 17-585: Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program

Revision for this year: A letter of intent is no longer required for full IGE proposal...

Sep 06, 2017 Oct 25, 2017
2017/18 NSF - Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Downselect competition



Sep 07, 2017 Jan 10, 2018
NSF 17-592 Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP)

NA vigorous Mid-Scale Innovations Program (MSIP) was recommended by...

Oct 03, 2017 Nov 20, 2017
NSF 17-591 Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)... Oct 23, 2017 Nov 27, 2017
NSF 17-573: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)

Opportunity Summary

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)...

Sep 01, 2017 Nov 06, 2017

Foundation/Private Organization Downselects:

OVPR Downselect Deadline Agency LOI Deadline Agency Final Deadline
Greenwall Foundation
Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program is limited to one letter-of-...

Sep 14, 2017 Jan 15, 2018
W.M. Keck Foundation
W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research Program

The Keck Foundation supports basic research...

Jul 02, 2017 Nov 01, 2017
Pew Charitable Trusts
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences competition

The Pew Scholars Program...

Jun 07, 2017 Oct 23, 2017 07/07/2017 - 16:00

Other Governmental Downselects:

Funding Agency Agency LOI Deadline Agency Final Deadline
ORAU Events Sponsorship Program

ORAU Events Grants provide up to $4,000 in support of events which involve participants from more than...

Oak Ridge Associated Universities