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
The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation Grant The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation Friday, December 1, 2017 - 4:00pm Jan 01, 2018
ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Oak Ridge Associated Universities Friday, December 8, 2017 - 4:00pm Jan 08, 2018
NSF 16-594 ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) - Partnerships NSF Dec 01, 2017 Friday, December 1, 2017 - 4:00pm Jan 10, 2018
NIH - Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) (R25) NIH Monday, November 27, 2017 - 4:00pm Jan 24, 2018
NSF 18-511 - Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) NSF Monday, December 4, 2017 - 4:00pm Feb 01, 2018
NSF 18-507 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program NSF Nov 17, 2017 Friday, November 17, 2017 - 4:00pm Feb 06, 2018
Dreyfus Foundation: Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Dreyfus Foundation through Corporate & Foundation Relations Friday, December 1, 2017 - 4:00pm Feb 08, 2018
NSF 15-528 Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) NSF Monday, December 18, 2017 - 4:00pm Feb 15, 2018
Agilent Early Career Professor Award Agilent Monday, December 11, 2017 - 4:00pm Feb 28, 2018

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.)

NSF Downselects:

OVPR Downselect Deadline Agency LOI Deadline Agency Final Deadline
NSF 17-591 Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)... Oct 23, 2017 Nov 27, 2017
2017/18 NSF - Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Downselect competition



Sep 07, 2017 Jan 10, 2018
NSF Major Research Instrumentation NOI (Closed)

Synopsis of Program:

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access...

Jan 10, 2018