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
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Pew Trusts Friday, April 12, 2019 - 4:00pm Oct 17, 2019
HRSA-19-085 - Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP) Professionals HRSA Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 4:00pm May 07, 2019
NIH PAR-17-096 Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (T32) NIH Friday, April 19, 2019 - 4:00pm May 25, 2019
HRSA 19-094 - Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies Program HRSA Monday, April 22, 2019 - 4:00pm May 24, 2019
NIH - RFA-DK-19-003 - Cystic Fibrosis Research and Translation Centers (P30 Clinical Trial Optional) NIH Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 4:00pm Jul 18, 2019
NIH 19-072 Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients NIH Friday, May 17, 2019 - 4:00pm Jul 31, 2019
The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation Grant The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation Monday, May 20, 2019 - 4:00pm Jul 01, 2019
W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research Program Keck Foundation Monday, June 17, 2019 - 4:00pm Nov 01, 2019
Searle Scholars Program Searle Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 4:00pm Sep 27, 2019

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) 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) NIH Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program (S10 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) PAR-19-178
  • Awards Details: ...
Feb 28, 2019 May 31, 2019 Deighton, Nigel (Huck Institute, Life Sciences) 4/11/2019
(CLOSED) NIH 17-340 Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Awards Details: ...
Mar 11, 2019 Apr 07, 2019 May 07, 2019 Zhang, Sulin (Engineering Science & Mechanics, College of Eng.) 3/22/19
(CLOSED) NSF 19-552 ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions - Adaptation, Partnership, and Catalyst

ADVANCE Solicitation...

Mar 15, 2019 May 15, 2019 May 22, 2019 Pritchett, Amy (Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering) 3/22/19
(CLOSED) NSF 19-546 Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Computing in Undergraduate Education (IUSE: CUE)

Increasingly, undergraduate computer science (CS) programs...

Mar 15, 2019 May 09, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) Pathways to Stop Diabetes

Award Details: Pathway awards provide up to $1.625 million per award in combined salary and project support....

Mar 18, 2019 Jul 01, 2019 Stuckey, Heather (Division of General Internal Medicine, College of Medicine) 3/25/19
(CLOSED) NIH PAR-17-221 Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity (ESTEEMED) Research Education Experiences (R25)

The NIH Research...

Mar 25, 2019 May 24, 2019 Mack, Issac (Plant Science, College of Ag.) 3/28/19
(CLOSED) HRSA-19-053 - Networks for Oral Health Integration within the Maternal and Child Health Safety Net

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding...

Mar 27, 2019 Apr 29, 2019 Gill, Stephanie (Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, College of Med.) 3/28/19
(CLOSED) DE‐FOA‐0001960 DOE EERE Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute: Cybersecurity in Energy Efficient Manufacturing

he Office of Energy Efficiency and...

Apr 08, 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Hickner, Michael (MatSE, EMS) 4/16/19
(CLOSED) DOE-FOA-0002083 DOE EERE Subsurface Stress and Lost Circulation in Geothermal Drilling

Background and Purpose:

The Geothermal...

Apr 10, 2019 Jun 07, 2019 Topic 1 - Derek Elsworth (EME, EMS) and Topic 2 - Amin Mehrabian (EME, EMS) 4/15/19
(CLOSED) DE-FOA-0002080 DOE EERE Water Power Technologies Office 2019

Webinar: An informational webinar will be held on...

Apr 15, 2019 Jul 09, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) USDA - Women and Minorities in STEM Fields Program (WAMS)
  • Award Details: Each eligible, individual institution, independent...
Apr 15, 2019 May 21, 2019 No applicants