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.

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) RFA-AG-21-009 Artificial Intelligence and Technology Collaboratories for Aging Research (P30 – Clinical Trial Optional)

1. Background

Sep 01, 2020 Oct 01, 2020 No Applicants
(CLOSED) NSF 20-604 National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes: Accelerating Research, Transforming Society, and Growing the American Workforce (NOI Mandatory)... 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
(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) NEH Summer Stipends (20200923-FT)

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Stipends program aims to stimulate new research in the humanities and its...

Jul 08, 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Eliyana Adler (CLA, History); Amanda Scott (CLA, History)
(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
(CLOSED) Searle Scholars Program

The Searle Scholars Program gives grants to support independent research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences for...

Jul 29, 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Amir Sheikhi (CoE), Eric Nacsa (ECoS) - 8/5/2020
(CLOSED) Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: New Directions Fellowships 2020

Penn State has been invited to nominate one candidate for the fall 2020 New Directions Fellowship...

Aug 25, 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Julie Reed (Liberal Arts; 8/31/2020)
(CLOSED) USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006769 Education and Workforce Development Program (EWD) FY2020

Number of Applications allowed per Organization: Penn...

Aug 25, 2020 Sep 24, 2020 REEU program - Edward Dudley (AgSci); PD-STEP program - Kathleen Hill (AgSci)
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
(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
(CLOSED) Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM²D Scholars Program (WiSTEM2D Scholars Program)

The Johnson & Johnson...

Sep 22, 2020 Oct 15, 2020