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
HRSA-21-090 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Paraprofessionals Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Feb 02, 2021 Apr 12, 2021
PAR-21-025 Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (T32 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed) National Institute of General Medical Sciences Jan 20, 2021 Feb 26, 2021
Graham Foundation: Grants to Organizations (Architecture and Design) Graham Foundation Monday, January 25, 2021 - 4:00pm Feb 25, 2021
FFAR New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award - 2021 Foundation for Food & Agricultural Research Monday, February 8, 2021 - 4:00pm May 05, 2021
NSF 21-550 Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics ( S-STEM) 2021 NSF Monday, February 8, 2021 - 4:00pm Apr 07, 2021
Packard Fellowships for Science & Engineering 2021 David & Lucile Packard Foundation Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 4:00pm Mar 15, 2021
NSF 21-553 - Enabling Quantum Leap: Quantum Interconnect Challenges for Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (QuIC-TAQS) NSF Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 4:00pm Apr 12, 2021

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) HRSA-21-089 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding...

Jan 21, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) NIH PAR 20-103 Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (Clinical Trial Optional) Jan. 2021

Many research questions in biomedical science...

Dec 27, 2020 Jan 27, 2021 Keith Cheng (CoM)
(CLOSED) NSF 21-536 (replaces NSF 19-522) National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program 2021

Please note that NSF 19-522 was archived and replaced by...

Nov 25, 2020 Feb 06, 2021 Adriana Van Hell (CLA, Psychology), John Messner (CoE, Arch. Engineering)
(CLOSED) NSF 20-569 Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) 2020

The NSF...

Jul 23, 2020 Oct 06, 2020 Jan 26, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) 2021 Dreyfus Foundation: Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards

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

Nov 03, 2020 Feb 04, 2021 Xin Zhang (ECoS)
(CLOSED) NSF 20-516 LOI Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into the Earth, Ocean, Polar and Atmospheric & Geospace Sciences (IUSE:GEOPAths)... Nov 11, 2020 Nov 17, 2020 Jan 26, 2021 Gregory Jenkins (Earth and Mineral Sciences)
(CLOSED) DE-FOA-0002426 Department of Energy - OOS - BES Computational Chemical Sciences

The DOE SC program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) hereby announces its interest...

Nov 17, 2020 Dec 02, 2020 Feb 08, 2021 Michael Janik & Adri Van Duin (COE)
(CLOSED) NIH PAR-20-240 NIH Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The NIH Research...

Nov 23, 2020 Dec 25, 2020 Jan 25, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) USDA - Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS) 2021

For this program, NIFA will support projects with a...

Nov 30, 2020 Jan 21, 2021 Sherri Mason (Behrend College)
(CLOSED) Agilent Early Career Professor Award 2021

2021 Focus: Contributions to the development of breakthrough solutions to understand or manage...

Dec 04, 2020 Feb 26, 2021 Huanyu Cheng (CoE)
(CLOSED) NSF 19-609 Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2)
  • Description:

Ethical and...

Dec 09, 2020 Feb 22, 2021 Jean Phillips (CoLA)
(CLOSED) American Honda Foundation

The mission of American Honda Foundation (AHF) is to help meet the needs of American society in the areas of youth and scientific...

Dec 14, 2020 Feb 01, 2021 Daniel Foster (AgSci)
(CLOSED) W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research - Spring 2021

Workshop Information: Foundation Relations and the Limited Submissions...

Jan 04, 2021 Feb 15, 2021
(CLOSED) DE-FOA-0002441 - Scientific Discovery Through Advanced Computing: Partnerships in Basic Energy Sciences

The DOE SC programs in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) and...

Jan 06, 2021 Jan 19, 2020 Apr 06, 2021 Michael Janik (CoE), Zi-kui Liu (E&MS)
(CLOSED) NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program: FIRST Cohort (U54 Clinical Trial Optional)

The purpose of the FIRST Cohort...

Jan 07, 2021 Feb 01, 2021 Mar 01, 2021 Craig Newschaffer (HHD)
(CLOSED) Henry Luce Foundation: Advancing Public Knowledge on Race, Justice, and Religion in America

The Henry Luce Foundation’s Theology Program invites new inquiries...

Jan 07, 2021 Feb 15, 2021 Jun 15, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) DE-FOA-0002449 Materials and Chemical Sciences Research for Quantum Information Science

The DOE SC program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announces its interest...

Jan 07, 2021 Jan 27, 2021 Apr 21, 2021 Shengxi Huang (CoE); Swaroop Ghosh (CoE)
(CLOSED) National Endowment for the Arts: Grants for Arts Projects Feb 2021

Grants for Arts Projects is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grants program....

Jan 11, 2021 Feb 23, 2021 Claire deBoer (CoM), H. John Thompson (Abington), Lindsey Landfried (Student Affairs)
(CLOSED) 2021 Macy Faculty Scholars Program

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation has invited applications for the 2021 Macy Faculty Scholars Program.

The Macy Faculty...

Dec 15, 2021 Feb 10, 2021 Katharine Dalke (Medicine)