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
Packard Fellowships for Science & Engineering The David & Lucile Packard Foundation Monday, February 18, 2019 - 4:00pm Apr 19, 2019
NIH-RFA-OD-19-001 Botanical Dietary Supplements Research Centers (BDSRC) (U19 Clinical Trial Optional) NIH Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 4:00pm Apr 15, 2019
NIH Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program (S10 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) PAR-19-178 NIH Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 4:00pm May 31, 2019
Commonwealth Campuses Research Collaboration Development Program Phase 1 Concept Paper OVPR, Provost’s Office, Office of the VP for Commonwealth Campuses (OVPCC), College of Med., College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, College of Engineering, Eberly College of Science, and College of Health and Human Dev. Friday, March 1, 2019 - 11:59pm Mar 01, 2019
NSF 19-546 Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Computing in Undergraduate Education (IUSE: CUE) NSF Mar 15, 2019 Friday, March 15, 2019 - 4:00pm May 09, 2019
Pathways to Stop Diabetes American Diabetes Association Research Foundation Monday, March 18, 2019 - 4:00pm Jul 01, 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) 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) NSF 18-532 Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify (1) factors...

Dec 14, 2018 Feb 22, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) RFA-CA-19-029 & RFA-CA-19-030 NCI Pathway to Independence Award for Outstanding Early Stage Postdoctoral Researchers (K99/R00 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed... Jan 18, 2019 Jan 26, 2019 Feb 26, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) NSF 17-527 (S-STEM) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Individual Award Amounts: Awards for Track...
Feb 01, 2019 Mar 27, 2019 Cohan, Catherine (ENG, Center for Eng. Outreach & Inclusion) Jenkins, Gregory (EMS, Meteorology) Morales, Aldo (Harrisburg, Electrical Engineering) 2/15/18
(CLOSED) ORAU Events Sponsorship Program

ORAU Events Grants provide up to $4,000 in support of events which involve participants from more than one ORAU...

Feb 06, 2019 Mar 01, 2019 Brantley, Susan (Geosciences, EMS) 2/11/19
(CLOSED) USDOJ - OVW - Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus Program


Feb 11, 2019 Mar 14, 2019 Hetzel-Riggin, Melanie (Psychology, School of Humanities & Social Science, Behrend Erie Campus) 2/13/19