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

If you would like to be considered as a Penn State institutional applicant for one of these opportunities, please submit a Notice of Intent. Depending on the level of interest, a downselect competition may be held.

Funding Agency OVPR NOI Deadline Agency Final Deadline
NSF Major Research Instrumentation Aug 25, 2017 Jan 10, 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.)

Foundation/Private Organization Downselects:

OVPR Downselect Deadline Agency LOI Deadline Agency Final Deadline
W.M. Keck Foundation
W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research Program

The Keck Foundation supports basic research...

Jul 02, 2017 Nov 01, 2017
Kinship Foundation
Searle Scholars Program

Jul 30, 2017 Sep 29, 2017
Mallinckrodt Foundation
Mallinckrodt Foundation: Biomedical Early-stage Investigator Grants

The mission of the Foundation is to support...

Jun 25, 2017 Aug 11, 2017
William T. Grant Scholars Program
Reducing Inequality In Youth Outcomes or Improving the Use of Research Evidence in Ways that Benefit Youth
May 31, 2017 Jul 06, 2017
Pew Charitable Trusts
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences competition

The Pew Scholars Program...

Jun 07, 2017 Oct 23, 2017 07/07/2017 - 16:00

Brain Research Foundation: Scientific Innovations Award

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

May 12, 2017 Jun 29, 2017
American Diabetes Association
Pathways to Stop Diabetes

Pathway will consider applications directed toward topics relevant to the prevention...

Apr 07, 2017 Jul 03, 2017

Other Governmental Downselects:

Funding Agency Agency LOI Deadline Agency Final Deadline
National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends

Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to...

NEA Sep 27, 2017