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 or if you would like to receive a weekly digest of open limited submission opportunities.

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 OSVPR NOI Deadline OSVPR Downselect Deadline Agency Final Deadline
NCI Pathway to Independence Award for Outstanding Early Stage Postdoctoral Researchers (RFA-CA-21-060, RFA-CA-21-061 & RFA-CA-21-062) NIH NCI Dec 15, 2022 Feb 28, 2022
Genomic Curriculum Development for Medical Students (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (NIH PAR-21-312) NIH Friday, December 3, 2021 - 4:00pm Jan 25, 2022
2022 Dreyfus Foundation: Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Monday, December 6, 2021 - 4:00pm Feb 02, 2022
The Mary Kay Foundation Innovative/Translational Cancer Research Grant The Mary Kay Foundation Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 4:00pm Feb 04, 2022
NIH PAR-20-066 Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (R25 - Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed) - NOI NIH Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 4:00pm Jan 27, 2022
DE-FOA-0002608 Department of Energy - OOS - BES Computational Chemical Sciences DOE Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 4:00pm Mar 25, 2022
Brain Research Foundation: 2022 Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program Brain Research Foundation Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 4:00pm Jan 04, 2022
MPS-Ascend External Mentoring (MPS-Ascend EM) (NSF 22-524) NSF Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - 4:00pm Feb 15, 2022
W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research - May 2021 W.M. Keck Foundation Tuesday, January 4, 2022 - 4:00pm Aug 15, 2022
Pediatric Obesity Discovery Science Research to Improve Understanding of Risk and Causal Mechanisms for Obesity in Early Life (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (RFA-DK-21-025) NIH Thursday, January 6, 2022 - 4:00pm Mar 08, 2022
NSF 22-527 Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) 2022 NSF Thursday, January 6, 2022 - 4:00pm Feb 22, 2022
NSF 20-595 Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program NSF Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - 4:00pm Mar 25, 2022

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:

OSVPR Downselect Deadline Agency LOI Deadline Agency Final Deadline Notes
(CLOSED) NSF 19-506 Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) - Research Partnerships Track

An organization may not submit more than one (1) new or resubmitted PFI-RP...

Jan 12, 2022 Shashank Priya (E&MS)
(CLOSED) NIH PAR 20-103 Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (Clinical Trial Optional) Jan. 2022

Many research questions in biomedical science...

Jan 27, 2022 PI's: Gregory Shearer (HHD)
(CLOSED) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Implementation (HRSA-22-057)

The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) is a multi-year initiative by the...

Jan 13, 2022 No Applicants. This is now offered on a first come, first served basis, contact if interested
(CLOSED) NIH ES-21-001 Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) NOI

Institutional Limit


Jan 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022 No Applicants (First come, first served) contact
(CLOSED) NSF 18-513 - Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) 2021/2022

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research held an informational webinar...

Jan 19, 2022 University Park: Track 1: Jun Zhu (ECoS); Seong Kim (CoE); Track 2: Darren Pagan (E&MS); Penn State Behrend: Gregory Dillon; Gamini Mendis
(CLOSED) 2024 American National Election Studies Competition (ANES) (NSF 21-601)

The American National Election Studies (ANES) is a comprehensive longitudinal data...

Aug 18, 2021 Sep 20, 2021 Dec 10, 2021 No Applicants (First come, first serverd) contact
(CLOSED) Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics

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

Aug 23, 2021 Sep 20, 2021 Jan 10, 2022 No Applicants. This is now offered on a first come, first served basis, contact if interested
(CLOSED) Moore Inventor Fellows 2021-2022

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces the seventh competition for Moore Inventor Fellows. The foundation seeks to...

Oct 13, 2021 Dec 13, 2021 Jared Butler (CoE); Shengxi Huang (CoE)
(CLOSED) NSF 22-502 National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes: Accelerating Research, Transforming Society, and Growing the American Workforce


Oct 28, 2021 May 13, 2022 Vijay Narayanan (CoE); Dinghao Wu (IST)
(CLOSED) NSF 21-628 Centers for Innovation and Community Engagement in Solid Earth Geohazards

The Centers for Innovation and Community Engagement in Solid Earth...

Nov 03, 2021 Nov 30, 2021 Mar 15, 2022 No Applicants, Now first come, first served - Contact if you wish to apply
(CLOSED) NIH PAR-21-347: Clinical Research Education and Career Development (CRECD) Program (R25-Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The NIH Research Education...

Nov 11, 2021 Dec 15, 2021 This opportunity is now first come, first served. If you intend to apply please submit your contact information through the InfoReady link.
(CLOSED) Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships NSF 22-521

The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports...

Nov 15, 2021 Feb 01, 2022 Aug 29, 2022 Vincent Crespi (ECoS); Mauricio Terrones (ECoS); Qing Wang (E&MS)
(CLOSED) ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

Oak Ridge Associated Universities' (ORAU) commitment to enriching the research skills and professional...

Nov 30, 2021 Jan 07, 2022 Iffath Syed (PS Shenango); Priya Kumar (IST)