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
NIH PAR 20-103 Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (Clinical Trial Optional) Jan. 2022 NIH Oct 04, 2021 Jan 27, 2022
Genome Research Experiences to Attract Talented Undergraduates into the Genomics Field to Enhance Diversity (GREAT) (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) NIH Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 4:00pm Dec 01, 2021
VentureWell Course & Program Grants (fall 2021) VentureWell Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 4:00pm Nov 03, 2021
DE-FOA-0002517 Scientific Infrastructure Support for Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research DOE - Office of Nuclear Energy Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 4:00pm Nov 11, 2021
2022 Blavatnik National Awards Blavatnik Family Foundation Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 4:00pm Nov 17, 2021
Moore Inventor Fellows 2021-2022 Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 4:00pm Dec 13, 2021
ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Oak Ridge Associated Universities Tuesday, November 30, 2021 - 4:00pm Jan 07, 2022

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) NSF National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes: Accelerating Research, Transforming Society, and Growing the American Workforce (NOI)


Dec 04, 2021
(CLOSED) NSF 18-513 - Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) 2021/2022

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

Jan 19, 2022
(CLOSED) National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends (20200923-FT)

NEH staff will host a webinar describing the program, including eligibility, the...

May 20, 2021 Sep 22, 2021 Amanda Scott (CoLA), Husain Faisal (CoLA); Jasper Sachsenmeier, Chris Shelton (PS Behrend); Samantha Kavky (PS Berks); Mary Saborskis, Jeffrey Tolbert (PS Harrisburg)
(CLOSED) W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research - Fall 2021

Workshop Information: Foundation Relations and the Limited Submissions...

Jun 16, 2021 Nov 01, 2021 Raymond Schaak (ECoS)
(CLOSED) Searle Scholars Program

Institutional Limit: Penn State is limited to two nominees overall to include the College of Medicine, thus we request that...

Jul 28, 2021 Sep 30, 2021 Ruobo Zhou (ECoS)
(CLOSED) Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: New Directions Fellowships

Penn State has been invited to nominate one candidate for the fall 2021 New Directions Fellowship...

Aug 11, 2021 Sep 24, 2021 Julie Reed (CoLA)
(CLOSED) NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program: FIRST Cohort (U54 Clinical Trial Optional)

The FIRST Cohort program aims...

Aug 12, 2021 Aug 25, 2021 Sep 24, 2021 Craig Newschaffer (HHD)
(CLOSED) 2024 American National Election Studies Competition (ANES) (NSF 21-601)

The American National Election Studies (ANES) is a comprehensive longitudinal data...

Aug 18, 2021 Sep 20, 2021 Dec 10, 2021 No Applicants (First come, first serverd) contact
(CLOSED) Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty...

Aug 23, 2021 Sep 20, 2021 Jan 10, 2022 No Applicants. This is now offered on a first come, first served basis, contact if interested
(CLOSED) DE-FOA-0002253 FY21 Advanced Manufacturing Office Multi-Topic FOA

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

Aug 26, 2021 Sep 10, 2021 Nov 05, 2021 Topic Area 1c: Christopher Arges (CoE); Topic Area 2a: Jacqueline O'Connor (CoE); Topic Area 3a: Hongtao Sun (CoE)
(CLOSED) Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM²D Scholars Program (WiSTEM2D Scholars Program)

The Johnson & Johnson Scholars Award Program aims to fuel development of...

Sep 09, 2021 Sep 27, 2021 Design: Heather Ligler (A&A); Engineering: Hee Jeung Oh (CoE); Manufacturing: Amrita Basak (CoE); Technology: Feifei Shi (E&MS); Science: Ashley Villar (ECoS)
(CLOSED) Simons Foundation Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science

Each institution may submit up to two nominations in each...

Sep 15, 2021 Oct 20, 2021