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
NIEHS RFA-ES-20-006 Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHSCC) (P30 Clinical Trial Optional) NOI NIH Apr 16, 2020 May 18, 2020
DE-FOA-0002236 Offshore Wind Energy Atmospheric Science and Project Development NOI DOE - Department of Energy Monday, April 13, 2020 - 4:00pm Jul 09, 2020
OVC-2020-18094 OVC FY 2020 Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime US Department of Justice Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 4:00pm May 12, 2020
USDOJ OVW-2020-18274 Fiscal Year 2020 National Violence Against Women Law Enforcement Training and Technical Assistance Consortium US Department of Justice Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 4:00pm May 12, 2020
NIH PAR-19-215 Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) NIH Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 4:00pm May 28, 2020
2021 Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research Pew Charitable Trusts Friday, April 24, 2020 - 4:00pm Sep 03, 2020
2021 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Pew Charitable Trusts Friday, April 24, 2020 - 4:00pm Sep 10, 2020
HRSA-20-031 Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation Health Resources and Services Administration Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 4:00pm May 26, 2020
USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006769 Education and Workforce Development Program (EWD) FY2020 USDA Friday, May 1, 2020 - 4:00pm Jun 16, 2020
Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Programs 2021-22 Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Monday, May 4, 2020 - 4:00pm Jun 26, 2020
NSF 20-554 ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE) NSF Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 4:00pm Aug 07, 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 20-529 NSF Innovation Corps Hubs Program (I-CorpsTM Hubs) 2020

Organizations may only be a participant (Principal, Partner or Affiliate) in one proposal per...

Apr 14, 2020 James Delattre (OEC)
(CLOSED) HRSA-20-014 Opiod-Impacted Family Support Program

1. Purpose
This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Opioid...

Apr 13, 2020 No Applicants
(CLOSED) NIH PAR-18-940 Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54 Clinical Trial Optional)


The purpose of this funding opportunity...

Mar 15, 2020 Apr 15, 2020 Lawrence Sinoway (CoM)
(CLOSED) DE-FOA-0002223 Scientific Discovery Through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) Institutes NOI

The DOE SC program in Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR)...

Apr 14, 2020 May 12, 2020 No Applicants
(CLOSED) NSF 19-605 LOI Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP)

A vigorous Mid-Scale Innovations Program (MSIP) was recommended by the 2010...

Dec 09, 2019 Dec 19, 2019 May 06, 2020 No applicants
(CLOSED) NSF 20-530 Competition for the Management of Operations and Maintenance of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) NOI

NSF solicits proposals to...

Jan 15, 2020 Feb 21, 2020 Jun 19, 2020 No Applicants
(CLOSED) NIH PAR-17-340 Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (Clinical Trial Not Allowed) 2020



Jan 29, 2020 Apr 24, 2020 May 25, 2020 Sebastian Van Nuffel (MRI)
(CLOSED) 2020 Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Grants


Letter of Intent Receipt...

Feb 07, 2020 Mar 01, 2020 May 31, 2020 Hong-Gang Wang, Li Wei (CoM)
(CLOSED) FFAR New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award - 2020

The Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) seeks nominations for its 2020 New...

Feb 19, 2020 Mar 04, 2020 May 06, 2020 Julian Wang (CoE)
(CLOSED) Packard Fellowships for Science & Engineering 2020

The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering program invests in future leaders who have the...

Feb 24, 2020 Apr 20, 2020 Shengxi Huang (CoE), Sarah Ivory (E&MS)
(CLOSED) DE-FOA-0002254 Research to Enable Fuels From Sunlight


The DOE SC program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) hereby solicits...

Feb 28, 2020 Mar 25, 2020 May 27, 2020 No Applicants
(CLOSED) Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: Sawyer Seminar - 2020

he Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Mar 02, 2020 May 04, 2020 Elizabeth Mansfield (A&A)
(CLOSED) HRSA-20-043 Children’s Healthy Weight State Capacity Building Program

The purpose of this program is to build state capacity around MCH nutrition by increasing...

Mar 18, 2020 Apr 16, 2020 No Applicants
(CLOSED) DE-FOA-0002283 Workforce Development in Emerging Fields

Workforce development in emerging technical fields is a critical issue for the United States. The...

Mar 30, 2020 Apr 13, 2020
(CLOSED) NSF 20-550 General Social Survey (GSS) Competition 2020

The General Social Survey (GSS) is a nationally representative interview survey of the United States...

Mar 31, 2020 Jun 01, 2020 Aug 17, 2020 No Applicants
(CLOSED) USDOJ - OVC-2020-18113 - Expanding SANE Services to Victims of Sexual Assault on Campus FY 2020


OVC is seeking applications...

Apr 01, 2020 May 07, 2020 Sheridan Miyamoto (Nursing)
(CLOSED) NIH PAR-20-076 Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (T32 Clinical Trial... Apr 06, 2020 Apr 27, 2020 May 26, 2020 No Applicants

Foundation/Private Organization Downselects:

OVPR Downselect Deadline Agency LOI Deadline Agency Final Deadline
The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
(CLOSED) Packard Fellowships for Science & Engineering 2020

The Packard Fellowships for...

Feb 24, 2020 Apr 20, 2020
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
(CLOSED) Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: Sawyer Seminar - 2020

he Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Mar 02, 2020 May 04, 2020