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Penn State Limited Submission Program


Open Limited Submission Programs and Deadlines


Program Title


Intent to OVPR

Downselect  Application and/or Nomination Materials

Internal Deadline

Agency or Sponsor

External Deadline

Update - NSF has published guidance clarifying that there is no limit to the number of pre-proposals that an institution may submit. No internal downselect is needed at this time. 

Not Applicable

Collaboration List

April 15, 2016

Full to NSF 
June 24, 2016

 Moore Inventor Fellows Program
Limited to Two (2) per Institution
 N/A  Moore Downselect Application Form

April 11, 2016
 Stage 1: May 1, 2016

Stage 2: 
August 30, 2016
 Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award
Limit one (1) per Institution

Due: April 29, 2016
 BRF Downselect Application Form

Due: May 26, 2016 by 3:00 pm
LOI: June 29, 2016
Full: September 29, 2016 
NEH Summer Stipends Program
Limit two (2) Faculty Members
June 6, 2016 via email

To be determined
Full: September 29, 2016
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences for 2017

Nomination materials due June 7, 2016 via email
Nomination from OVPR: July 15, 2016

Application to Pew: November 1, 2016
Art Works: Art Education
NOI due May 27, 2016

Step 1:  July 14, 16

Step 2: July 28, 2016
2017 Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation: Biomedical Early Stage Investigator Award

Downselect materials due June 17, 2016
August 1, 2016
2016 NSF - Major Research Instrumentation Program
NOI due August 19, 2016 by 4pm
Downselect application due September 2, 2016 by 4pm

Downselect FAQs
January 11, 2017
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship
Limit 1 per institution
NOI due July 1, 2016
by 4pm
IF APPLICABLE - Downselect application due July 18, 2016 by 4pm
October 14, 2016
2017 Searle Scholars Program
Limit 2 per institution
NOI due June 30, 2016 by 4pm
Nominee materials due July 14, 2016 by 4pm
September 30, 2016
2017 W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program
Limit 2 per institution
NOI due July 1, 2016 by 4pm
1-page Concept due July 15, 2016 by 4pm
November 1, 2016
NSF - Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)
Limit 1 per institution
NOI due July 12, 2016 by 4pm
Downselect due July 18, 2016 by 4pm
September 14, 2016


See below for the larger list of limited submission programs administered by OVPR

Limited Submission Programs Administered by OVPR:

For each program below approximate dates are given for when the internal process is started and the estimated external sponsor deadline. 


American Honda Foundation: Rotating deadlines

Beckman Young Investigators Program (BYI): No longer limited, see special instructions

Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Infectious Disease: August

DOE Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC): January

Dreyfus, Camille Teacher-Scholar Awards:September/February

Dreyfus New Faculty Awards: November, Suspended until further notice

Ellison Medical Foundation: New Scholars Program in Aging: November

Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics: August

Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship Program: July

NIH Director's Early Independence Award (EIA): August

NSF Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections (ADBC): May/June

NSF Biological Research Collections (BRC): January

NSF Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM):  To be announced

NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC): To be announced

NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12): To be announced

NSF Research Traineeship Program

: (Formerly IGERT) March/June

NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI): Internal Downselect - August; NSF Deadline - January

NSF Math and Science Partnership (MSP): May

NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI): To be announced

NSF Partnerships for International Research & Education (PIRE)

NSF Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM):  March / June

NSF Science and Technology Centers (STC): October

David & Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering: January  / April

Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences: July / November

Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement (ORAU): October / January

Searle Scholars Program: Internal - June;  Searle Deadline - September

USDA International Science and Education (CSREES): November

This is only a partial list of programs administered by OVPR.  If you are interested in a limited submission program not listed above, please contact our office by

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