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
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: New Directions Fellowships Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 4:00pm Oct 05, 2018
DE‐FOA‐0001956 DOE EERE: Machine Learning for Geothermal Energy DOE EERE Friday, August 3, 2018 - 4:00pm Nov 01, 2018
Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM2D (WiSTEM2D) Scholars Johnson & Johnson Friday, August 10, 2018 - 4:00pm Sep 25, 2018
ORAU Travel Grant ORAU Monday, August 20, 2018 - 4:00pm Oct 01, 2018
NSF- Enabling Quantum Leap: Convergent Accelerated Discovery Foundries for Quantum Materials Science, Engineering and Information (Q-AMASE-i) NSF Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 5:00pm Nov 05, 2018
NSF 18-513 - Major Research Instrumentation Program NSF Aug 07, 2018 Monday, August 27, 2018 - 4:00pm Jan 22, 2019
NSF 17-573: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) NSF Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 4:00pm Nov 07, 2018
Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS) Simons Foundation Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 4:00pm Oct 31, 2018
Simons Foundation Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science Simons Foundation Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 4:00pm Oct 31, 2018
2019 Dreyfus Foundation: Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Dreyfus Foundation Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 4:00pm Feb 07, 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
W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research Program

Workshop Information: The CFR and Limited Submissions offices will...

Jun 01, 2018 Nov 01, 2018
(CLOSED) NIOSH PAR-15-303 Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers (42)

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers...

Jun 13, 2018 Oct 11, 2018 No applicants
2018/19 NSF Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships

Although there is currently NO active solicitation for the NSF- ...

Jul 20, 2018 Dec 21, 2018
RFA-RM-18-010 Director's Early Independence Award (DP5 - Clinical Trial Optional)

The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5 mechanism), established in 2010...

Jul 25, 2018 Aug 27, 2018 Sep 27, 2018
(CLOSED) 2019/2020 Tobacco CURE Nonformula Opioid Abuse

The intent of the state’s Request for Applications (RFA) is to fund Collaborative Research on Opioid Abuse and...

Jul 25, 2018 Aug 14, 2018 Aug 22, 2018 Grigson, Patricia (College of Medicine, Neural & Behavioral Sciences) 7/31/2018
Searle Scholars Program

The Searle Scholars Program gives grants to support independent research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences for exceptional...

Jul 29, 2018 Sep 28, 2018
(CLOSED) NSF 17-585: Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program

The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and...

Jul 31, 2018 Sep 27, 2018 Stewart, Susan (Aerospace Engineering) 8/1/2018
(CLOSED) NSF 17-575 Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science Supplements and Sites
  • Site Proposals: ...
Jul 31, 2018 Sep 19, 2018 Azemi, Asad (Engineering, Brandywine Campus) - Engineering Focus & Kraft, Reuben (MNE) - Computer & Information Science Focus 8/1/2018
WT Grant Institutional Challenge

Please Note: While the funder does not limit the number of applications from an institution, this competition...

Jul 31, 2018 Sep 07, 2018