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
NSF 19-522 Research Traineeship (NRT) Program NSF Oct 21, 2019 Feb 06, 2020
NSF 19-552 ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions - Adaptation and Partnership NSF Oct 14, 2019 Jan 15, 2020
NSF 19-506 Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) NSF Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 4:00pm Jan 08, 2020
Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program Carnegie Corporation Monday, November 18, 2019 - 4:00pm Nov 14, 2019
ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards ORAU Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 4:00pm Jan 28, 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 19-586 Critical-Zone Collaborative Network Notice of Intent

NSF will lead two webinars on the following dates:


Dec 02, 2019 Go to
(CLOSED) W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research Program

Workshop Information: The Limited Submissions Office will conduct a workshop on...

Jun 17, 2019 Nov 01, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics

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

Aug 05, 2019 Sep 23, 2019 Jan 08, 2020 No applicants
(CLOSED) NSF 17-573 - Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new...

Aug 09, 2019 Nov 06, 2019 Klippel, Alex (Geography, EMS), Zembal-Saul, Carla (Curriculum & Instruction, Education), Zimmerman, Heather (Learning & Performance, Education) 8/28/19
(CLOSED) 2019/20 NSF 18-513 - Major Research Instrumentation Program

The maximum is three proposals, but is now based on the dollar value of the amount requested from...

Aug 26, 2019 Jul 31, 2019 Jan 19, 2020 Currently in downselect.
(CLOSED) Simons Foundation Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science

The foundation will accept up to two nominations per...

Aug 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) 2020 Blavatnik National Awards

Now entering its sixth year, the Blavatnik National Awards recognize and celebrate America’s most innovative and promising...

Sep 20, 2019 Nov 13, 2019 Currently in downselect.
NSF 19-586 CZO Critical-Zone Collaborative Network

NSF seeks proposals to establish an adaptive and responsive research network that supports investigations of the Earth...

Sep 30, 2019 Dec 02, 2019 Thematic Cluster: Lead: DiBiase, Roman (EMS, EESI), Collab: DiBiase, Roman (EMS, EESI), Duncan, Jonathan (Ag Sci), Coord HUB Lead: White, Timothy (EMS, EESI)
(CLOSED) VentureWell Faculty Grants
  • Important Information: Only University Park faculty may apply to this competition.
  • ...
Oct 02, 2019 Nov 06, 2019 Menold, Jessica (Eng. School of Eng. Design, Technology, and Professional Programs) and Betsy Campbell (Edu. Research Assosciate) 10/16/19
(CLOSED) 2020 New York Academy of Sciences (NYAC) Innovators in Science Award

Established on November 10, 2016, the Innovators in Science Award is administered by the...

Oct 10, 2019 Nov 22, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) NSF 19-587 Advanced Computing Systems & Services: Adapting to the Rapid Evolution of Science and Engineering Research
  • NOTE: ...
Oct 11, 2019 Nov 05, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) Moore Inventor Fellows

Inspired by Gordon Moore’s passion for discovery, the competition seeks to identify outstanding early-stage inventors who harness science...

Oct 14, 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Currently in downselect.