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 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program 2021 NSF Jul 29, 2020 Feb 06, 2021
NSF 18-513 - Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) 2020/21 NSF Jul 21, 2020 Jan 19, 2021
HRSA-20-106 Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 4:00pm Jul 20, 2020
Mallinckrodt Foundation: Biomedical Early-stage Investigator Grants Mallinckrodt Foundation Sunday, July 5, 2020 - 11:59pm Aug 01, 2020
National Endowment for the Arts: Our Town National Endowment for the Arts Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 4:00pm Aug 06, 2020
NEH Summer Stipends (20200923-FT) National Endowment for the Humanities Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 4:00pm Sep 23, 2020
Sloan Research Fellowships 2021 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 4:00pm Sep 15, 2020
NSF 20-569 Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) 2020 NSF Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 4:00pm Jan 26, 2021
Searle Scholars Program Searle Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 4:00pm Sep 30, 2020
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: New Directions Fellowships 2020 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 4:00pm Sep 28, 2020
USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006769 Education and Workforce Development Program (EWD) FY2020 USDA Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 4:00pm Sep 24, 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) Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge

As part of our commitment to building the field of data science for social impact, has launched a $10...

Jul 17, 2020
(CLOSED) American Stroke Association-Bugher Foundation Centers of Excellence in Hemorrhagic Stroke

The Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher Foundation and the American...

Jul 16, 2020 Aug 27, 2020 No Applicants
(CLOSED) RFA-HD-21-010 Population Dynamics Centers Research Infrastructure Program FY 2021 (P2C Clinical Trial Not Allowed)


The goal...

Jun 30, 2020 Jul 30, 2020 Jennifer Glick (Liberal Arts)
(CLOSED) IES Pathways to the Education Sciences Research Training Program

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) provides scientific evidence to improve education...

Aug 20, 2020 Royel Johnson (Education)
(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) DE-FOA-0002236 Offshore Wind Energy Atmospheric Science and Project Development NOI

Penn State may only submit one Concept Paper and one Full...

Apr 13, 2020 Apr 30, 2020 Jul 09, 2020 Michael Yukish (ARL)
(CLOSED) 2021 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
  • Institutional Nomination Due: Monday, May 18, 2020

The Pew...

Apr 24, 2020 Sep 10, 2020 Guy Townsend (CoM)
(CLOSED) 2021 Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research

Institutional Nomination Due: Monday, May 18, 2020

The Penn State Cancer...

Apr 24, 2020 Sep 03, 2020 Seyed Mansouri (CoM)
(CLOSED) NSF 20-549 Navigating the New Arctic Community Office (NNA-CO)


Navigating the New Arctic (NNA), one of NSF's 10 Big...

May 11, 2020 Jul 10, 2020 No Applicants
(WITHDRAWN - PSU ineligible due to active SEPA award) PAR-20-153 NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The NIH Research...

May 13, 2020 Jun 15, 2020 Jul 14, 2020
(CLOSED) Brain Research Foundation 2021 Scientific Innovations Award

Brain Research Foundation (BRF) Annual Scientific Innovations Award supports innovative discovery...

May 20, 2020 Jun 25, 2020 Sep 22, 2020 No Applicants
(CLOSED) National Endowment for the Arts: Grants for Arts Projects 2020

Grants for Arts Projects (formerly ArtWorks) is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal...

May 28, 2020 Jul 09, 2020 Jul 21, 2020 Lindsey Landfried (Media Arts; Robeson)
(CLOSED) Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust Ornamental Hortaculture Grants 2020

The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust supports education and research in ornamental...

Jun 03, 2020 Jul 16, 2020 Aug 17, 2020 Robert Loeb (York)
(CLOSED) DE-FOA-0002322 FY2020 AMO Critical Materials FOA: Next‐Generation Technologies and Field Validation

Given recent guidance from the DOE that the limit on...

Jun 04, 2020 Jun 25, 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Hojong Kim (EMS)
(CLOSED) DE-FOA-0002252 FY20 Advanced Manufacturing Office Multi-Topic FOA

Penn State may submit one Concept Paper and one Full Application for each topic area...

Jun 09, 2020 Jun 25, 2020 Aug 26, 2020 Michael Hickner (E&MS; Subtopics 1.5 & 2.1)
(CLOSED) NSF 20-554 ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE)

In this solicitation, the NSF ADVANCE program seeks to build...

Jun 23, 2020 Aug 03, 2020 Aug 07, 2020 No Applicants
(CLOSED) W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research & The Office of Foundation...

Jun 24, 2020 Nov 02, 2020
(CLOSED) RFA-OD-20-013 Emergency Awards: RADx-UP Coordination and Data Collection Center (CDCC) (U24 Clinical Trial Optional)

NIH is issuing this FOA in response to the...

Jun 25, 2020 Jul 08, 2020 Aug 07, 2020 Vernon Chinchilli (CoM)