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
DE-FOA-0002204: Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Basic Energy Sciences - Energy Frontier Research Centers DOE - Department of Energy Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 4:00pm Apr 07, 2020
NSF 19-609 Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) NSF Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 4:00pm Feb 20, 2020
W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research Program W.M. Keck Foundation Friday, December 6, 2019 - 4:00pm Feb 15, 2020
NSF 20-516 LOI Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into the Earth, Ocean, Polar and Atmospheric & Geospace Sciences (IUSE:GEOPAths) NSF Dec 06, 2019 Friday, December 6, 2019 - 4:00pm Feb 14, 2020
NSF 19-605 LOI Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP) NSF Dec 19, 2019 Monday, December 9, 2019 - 4:00pm May 06, 2020
Agilent Early Career Professor Award Agilent Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 4:00pm Feb 28, 2020
RFA 67-84 - PA Dept. of Health Collaborative Research on Alzheimer's Disease (AD) In Response to Request For Applications PA Dept. of Heath Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 4:00pm Jan 23, 2020
SPARC - Stimulating Partnerships Among Researchers and Clinicians - Clinical Research Exchange Fellowship Penn State Strategic Initiatives Monday, January 6, 2020 - 12:00pm Jan 06, 2020
2020-2021 Four Diamonds Trainee Research Grants Four Diamonds Fund Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 12:00pm Jan 29, 2020
2020-2021 Four Diamonds Pilot Projects in Collaborative Pediatric Cancer Research Grant Four Diamonds Fund Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 12:00pm Jan 29, 2020
2020-2021 Four Diamonds Faculty Research Grants Four Diamonds Fund Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 12:00pm Jan 29, 2020

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 19-522 Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

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

Dec 06, 2019 Feb 06, 2020 Huang, Sharon (IST) and Mackenzie, Sally (Biology, ECoS) 11/12/19
(CLOSED) Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics

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

Aug 05, 2019 Sep 23, 2019 Jan 08, 2020 No applicants
(CLOSED) 2019/20 NSF 18-513 - Major Research Instrumentation Program

The maximum is three proposals, but is now based on the dollar value of the amount requested from...

Aug 26, 2019 Jul 31, 2019 Jan 19, 2020 Track 1: Doug Cowen (Physics, ECoS) & Tim Kane (Ele.Eng & MAS, COE & EMS) Track 2: Brian Foley (Mech. Eng, COE) 10/14/19
(CLOSED) NSF 19-552 ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions - Adaptation and Partnership ... Oct 14, 2019 Jan 15, 2020 Atamturktur, Sez (Arch. Eng, College of Eng) 10/15/19
(CLOSED) Moore Inventor Fellows

Inspired by Gordon Moore’s passion for discovery, the competition seeks to identify outstanding early-stage inventors who harness science...

Oct 14, 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Chang, Cui-Zu (Physics, ECoS) and Huang, Shengxi (EE, Engineering) 11/8/19
(CLOSED) NIH PAR-19-072 Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

The National Library of Medicine seeks...

Nov 06, 2019 Dec 17, 2019 Jan 17, 2020 Huang, Sharon (IST) 11/6/19
(CLOSED) NSF 19-506 Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)

The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI...

Nov 07, 2019 Jan 08, 2020 Zarzar, Lauren (Chemistry, ECoS) 11/11/19
(CLOSED) - Brain Research Foundation: 2020 Fay/Frank Seed Grant

Brain Research Foundation has invited Penn State to nominate one faculty member (Assistant or...

Nov 14, 2019 Jan 07, 2020 Mar 25, 2020 Mansouri, Seyed (Neurosurgery, College of Medicine) 12/3/19
(CLOSED) 2020 Dreyfus Foundation: Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of...

Nov 21, 2019 Feb 06, 2020 Cotruvo, Joseph (Chemistry, ECoS) 11/27/19
(CLOSED) - ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

ORAU commitment to enriching the research skills and professional growth of young faculty members at ORAU...

Nov 21, 2019 Jan 28, 2020 Currently in downselect
(CLOSED) The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation Grant
  • Awards Details: There is no policy concerning a minimum or maximum grant...
Nov 26, 2019 Jan 01, 2020 Currently in downselect