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/Proposals

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

Funding Agency OVPR NOI Deadline OVPR Downselect Deadline Agency Final Deadline
PAR-18-940 Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54 Clinical Trial Optional) NIH Oct 22, 2020 Dec 15, 2020
Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program Andrew Carnegie Foundation Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 4:00pm Nov 17, 2020
2021 Dreyfus Foundation: Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 4:00pm Feb 04, 2021
American Honda Foundation American Honda Foundation Monday, November 16, 2020 - 4:00pm Feb 01, 2021

Currently in Downselect/Closed

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.)

Current Downselects:

OVPR Downselect Deadline Agency LOI Deadline Agency Final Deadline Notes
(CLOSED) NIH PAR 20-103 Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (Clinical Trial Optional) Jan. 2021

Many research questions in biomedical science...

Dec 27, 2020 Jan 27, 2021 Keith Cheng (CoM)
(CLOSED) Pennsylvania Department of Health CURE Non-Formula 2020 - The COVID-19 Pandemic in Pennsylvania (NOI Mandatory)

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is...

Nov 15, 2020
(CLOSED) HRSA-21-021 Rural Health Network Development Planning Program

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Rural Health Network...

Nov 17, 2020 No Applicants
(CLOSED) HRSA-21-013 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training Grant

Program Purpose
The purpose of...

Nov 09, 2020 David Rabago (CoM)
(CLOSED) NSF 20-604 National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes: Accelerating Research, Transforming Society, and Growing the American Workforce


Dec 04, 2020
(CLOSED) NSF 19-522 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program 2021

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research held an...

Nov 25, 2020 Feb 06, 2021 Adriana Van Hell (CLA, Psychology), John Messner (CoE, Arch. Engineering)
(CLOSED) NSF 18-513 - Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) 2020/21

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research held an informational webinar for...

Jan 19, 2021 Track I: Jun Zhu (ECoS), JP Allain (CoE); Fariborz Tavangarian (PS Harrisburg), Alicyn Rhoades (PS Erie), Samy Madbouly (PS Erie); Track II: Robert Rioux (CoE), Gregory Dillon (PS Erie)
(CLOSED) W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research & The Office of Foundation...

Jun 24, 2020 Nov 02, 2020
(CLOSED) NSF 20-569 Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) 2020

The NSF...

Jul 23, 2020 Oct 06, 2020 Jan 26, 2021 No Applicants
NSF 20-595 Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program

An Accelerator Hub proposal will not count against the institutional limit of two IGE project...

Sep 09, 2020 Nov 04, 2020 Christopher Blaszczak-Boxe, Meng Wang (E&MS)
(CLOSED) Simons Foundation Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science 2020

Rationale: The Simons...

Sep 15, 2020 Oct 28, 2020 No Applicants
(CLOSED) 2021 Blavatnik National Awards

Now entering its eighth year, the Blavatnik National Awards recognize and celebrate America’s most innovative and promising...

Sep 17, 2020 Oct 28, 2020 Mikael Rechtsman (ECoS; Physical Sciences & Engineering); Amie Boal (ECoS; Chemistry)
(CLOSED) NSF 20-600 Harnessing the Data Revolution: Coordination Hub (HDR Central)

NSF's Harnessing the Data...

Sep 24, 2020 Nov 12, 2020 No Applicants
DE-FOA-0002362 Scientific Infrastructure Support for Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is for Scientific...

Oct 02, 2020 Nov 12, 2020 Xing Wang (General Scientific Infrastructure; CoE); Amanda Johnson (Research Reactor Upgrade; CoE)
(CLOSED) NSF 20-606 Advanced Computing Systems & Services: Adapting to the Rapid Evolution of Science and Engineering Research

The intent of this solicitation is to...

Oct 08, 2020 Dec 03, 2020 No Applicants
(CLOSED) Moore Inventor Fellows

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces the sixth competition for Moore Inventor Fellows. The foundation seeks to identify...

Oct 12, 2020 Dec 14, 2020 Robert Hickey (E&MS)