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
NSF 16-594 ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) - Partnerships NSF Friday, October 26, 2018 - 4:00pm Jan 09, 2019
NIH Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) (R25) NIH Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 4:00pm Jan 24, 2019
Brain Research Foundation: 2019 Fay/Frank Seed Grant Brain Research Foundation Friday, November 16, 2018 - 4:00pm Jan 08, 2019
2019 Dreyfus Foundation: Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Dreyfus Foundation Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 4:00pm Feb 07, 2019

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.)

Current Downselects:

OVPR Downselect Deadline Agency LOI Deadline Agency Final Deadline Notes
(CLOSED) W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research Program

Workshop Information: The CFR and Limited Submissions...

Jun 01, 2018 Nov 01, 2018 Engineering & Science: Shandera, Sarah and Hanna, Chad (Physics) Medical: Zhang, Sulin (ESM/Bio Med Eng), Pugh, Frank (Biochem/Mol Bio), Zheng, Siyang (Biomed Eng/EE), Gomez, Esther (Chem Eng.) 8/3/2018
(CLOSED) 2018/19 NSF Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships

Although there is currently NO active solicitation for the NSF-...

Jul 20, 2018 Dec 21, 2018 Grozinger, Christina (Ag. Sciences, Entomology), Sathyaprakash, Bangalore (ECoS, Physics & Physics & Astronomy), Medina, Monica (ECoS, Biology) 8/21/18
(CLOSED) DE‐FOA‐0001956 DOE EERE: Machine Learning for Geothermal Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technology Office (GTO) Machine Learning for...

Aug 03, 2018 Aug 23, 2018 Nov 01, 2018 Marone, Chris (EMS, Geoscience) 8/4/18
(CLOSED) NSF- Enabling Quantum Leap: Convergent Accelerated Discovery Foundries for Quantum Materials Science, Engineering and Information (Q-AMASE-i)
Aug 21, 2018 Nov 05, 2018 No applicants
NSF 18-513 - Major Research Instrumentation Program

The Penn State Limited Submission Program manages the response to research funding opportunities for which a limited...

Aug 27, 2018 Jan 22, 2019
(CLOSED) NSF 17-573: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new...

Aug 29, 2018 Nov 07, 2018 Zimmerman, Heather (Education, Learning & Performance Systems) and Hill, Kathleen (Education, CSATS) 9/19/18
(CLOSED) Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR): Seeking teams to design, deploy, and operate advanced wireless research platforms.

The PAWR program aims to...

Sep 04, 2018 Sep 28, 2018 Dec 11, 2018 Huff, Gregory (Electrical Engineering) 9/4/18
(CLOSED) NSF 18-583 Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS)

A well-prepared, innovative science,...

Sep 07, 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Klippel, Alexander (EMS, Geography) 9/21/18
(CLOSED) Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics

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

Sep 07, 2018 Oct 01, 2018 Jan 11, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS)
  • Nomination Procedure: The foundation asks each...
Sep 12, 2018 Oct 31, 2018 No applicants
(CLOSED) Simons Foundation Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science
  • Award Details: Simons...
Sep 12, 2018 Oct 31, 2018 Confidential per competition
(CLOSED) ORAU Travel Grant

ORAU Travel Grants

The ORAU Travel Grants Program provides up to $800 to fund faculty or staff members of ORAU...

Sep 17, 2018 Sep 30, 2019 Grant no longer offered through ORAU
(CLOSED) VentureWell Faculty Grants

VentureWell awards faculty grants to colleges and universities for the purpose of strengthening existing...

Sep 19, 2018 Nov 07, 2018 No applicants
(CLOSED) NSF 18-507 Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold,...

Sep 27, 2018 Nov 26, 2018 Feb 06, 2019 Hockett, Kevin (Ag. Sciences, Plant Pathology), Messner, John (Engineering, Architectural Engineering) 10/4/18
(CLOSED) NSF 17-581: CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) - Institutional Infrastructure (II) Track

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

Oct 03, 2018 Nov 07, 2018 Jan 10, 2019 Song, Linhai (IST), Morgan, Eugene (EMS, Energy & Mineral Engineering) 10/4/18
Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program

The purpose of the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program aims to support the social sciences and humanities.


Oct 04, 2018 Nov 08, 2018
Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists in Chemistry, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Life Sciences

Now entering its sixth year, the Blavatnik National...

Oct 05, 2018 Nov 14, 2018