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
National Endowment for the Humanities American Rescue Plan: Humanities Organizations National Endowment for the Humanities Apr 14, 2021 May 14, 2021
Data-Intensive Scientific Machine Learning and Analysis (DE-FOA-0002493) DOE Monday, April 12, 2021 - 4:00pm May 27, 2021
2022 Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research Pew Charitable Trusts Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 4:00pm Sep 09, 2021
2022 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Pew Charitable Trusts Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 4:00pm Sep 01, 2021
Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Programs 2021-22 Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 4:00pm Jun 01, 2021
William T. Grant Scholars Program 2021 William T. Grant Foundation Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 4:00pm Jun 19, 2021
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends (20200923-FT) National Endowment for the Humanities Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 4:00pm Sep 22, 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) Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Current and Emerging Threats to Crops

he Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Current and Emerging Threats to Crops (Current...

May 11, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) HRSA-21-090 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Paraprofessionals

The purpose of the BHWET Program for Paraprofessionals is...

Apr 12, 2021 Margaret Bacheler (OSVPCC)
(CLOSED) Data Science to Advance Chemical and Materials Sciences DE-FOA-0002474

The DOE SC program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announces its interest in receiving new...

Apr 12, 2021 Zi-Kui Liu (E&MS); Darren Pagan (E&MS)
(CLOSED) NIH PAR 20-103 Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (Clinical Trial Optional) May 202

Many research questions in biomedical science can...

May 27, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) HRSA-21-086 Behavioral Health Workforce Development Technical Assistance and Evaluation (BHWD TAE) Program

The purpose of the program is to develop and provide...

May 03, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) Extension Collaboration on Immunization Teaching and Engagement (EXCITE) Activity 1

Cooperative Extension is entering a new partnership with the Centers for...

Apr 30, 2021 Katherine Cason (AgSci, Extension)
(CLOSED) NEA Challenge America

Challenge America offers support primarily to small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the...

Apr 22, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) Henry Luce Foundation: Advancing Public Knowledge on Race, Justice, and Religion in America

The Henry Luce Foundation’s Theology Program invites new inquiries...

Jan 07, 2021 Feb 15, 2021 Jun 15, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) DE-FOA-0002449 Materials and Chemical Sciences Research for Quantum Information Science

The DOE SC program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announces its interest...

Jan 07, 2021 Jan 27, 2021 Apr 21, 2021 Shengxi Huang (CoE); Swaroop Ghosh (CoE)
(CLOSED) FFAR New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award - 2021

The Foundation for Food & Agricultural Research (FFAR) seeks nominations for its 2021 New...

Feb 08, 2021 Mar 03, 2021 May 05, 2021 Liana Burghardt (College of Agricultural Sciences)
(CLOSED) Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) Grants

The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation identifies and invests in leading edge research that demonstrates...

Feb 11, 2021 Mar 01, 2021 May 31, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) NSF 21-553 - Enabling Quantum Leap: Quantum Interconnect Challenges for Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (QuIC-TAQS)

The Quantum...

Feb 16, 2021 Apr 12, 2021 Mikael Rechtsman (ECoS)
(CLOSED) DE-FOA-0002460 - X-Stack: Programming Environments for Scientific Computing

The DOE SC program in Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) hereby announces...

Feb 17, 2021 Mar 01, 2021 Apr 12, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) Chemical Upcycling of Polymers (DE-FOA-0002462)

The DOE SC program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announces its interest in receiving applications on behalf of...

Mar 01, 2021 Mar 10, 2021 May 12, 2021 Samy Madbouly (PS Behrend); Robert Hickey (E&MS); Bert Chandler (CoE)
(CLOSED) NIH-PAR-20-223 Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity (ESTEEMED) Research Education Experiences (R25)

he NIH Research...

Mar 25, 2021 May 24, 2021 Jun 24, 2021
(CLOSED) DOE Integrated Computational and Data Infrastructure (ICDI) for Scientific Discovery (DE-FOA-0002482)

The DOE SC program in Advanced Scientific Computing...

Mar 29, 2021 Apr 02, 2021 May 14, 2021 Darren Pagan (E&MS); Zi-Kui Liu (E&MS); Jingjing Li (CoE)
(CLOSED) DOE Entanglement Management and Control in Transparent Optical Quantum Networks (DE-FOA-0002476)

The DOE SC program in Advanced Scientific Computing Research (...

Mar 30, 2021 Apr 05, 2021 May 17, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) Prevent Cancer Foundation 2021 Community Grants

The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation® (PCF) is saving lives...

Mar 31, 2021 Apr 21, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) DOE Industrial Assessment Centers (DE-FOA-0002452)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office...

Mar 31, 2021 Apr 01, 2021 Apr 22, 2021 No Appplicants
(CLOSED) Critical Minerals & Materials: Chemical and Materials Sciences Research on Rare Earth and Platinum Group Elements (DE-FOA-0002483)

The DOE SC program in...

Apr 02, 2021 Apr 12, 2021 Jun 09, 2021 Athanasios Karamalidis (E&MS); Andrew Smye (E&MS)
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Research and Development Grant, Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 (31310021K0002)

The program (formerly the Integrated University Program)...

Apr 05, 2021 May 14, 2021
(CLOSED) EXPRESS: Randomized Algorithms for Extreme Scale Science (DE-FOA-0002497)

The DOE SC program in Advanced Scientific Computing...

Apr 07, 2021 Apr 16, 2021 May 19, 2021 Kamesh Madduri (CoE)