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 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 Tomorrow's Internet Project Office (TIPOFF) (NSF 17-540)

In order to leverage, advance and strengthen its investments in mid-scale computing research...

Mar 10, 2017 May 02, 2017 ()
NSF ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers IT Track Preproposal (ADVANCE) (NSF 16-594)
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Feb 17, 2017 Apr 12, 2017 ()
NSF Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)

The Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) (NSF 15-528) program accepts proposals for...

Jan 24, 2017 Feb 15, 2017 ()
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) (NSF 17-527)

The program seeks: 1) to increase the number of low-income academically...

Feb 03, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 ()
NSF Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (S2I2) Conceptualization Award

Scientific Software Innovation Institutes (S2I2)...

Feb 01, 2017 Apr 11, 2017 ()
Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI)

Advancements in data-driven scientific research depend on trustworthy and reliable cyberinfrastructure....

Jan 18, 2017 Mar 01, 2017 ()
Broadening participation in STEM

Program Title:

Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in...

Jan 06, 2017 May 16, 2017 ()
Engineering, Arts/Design, and Math (STEAM) Gender Gap in Africa

The U.S. Mission to UNESCO (USUNESCO) announces the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a new...

Dec 22, 2016 Dec 14, 2017 Jan 31, 2017 ()
Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) Design and Development Launch Pilots


Jan 06, 2017 May 16, 2017 (Preliminary Proposal Due: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM)

NIH Downselects:

Funding Agency Agency LOI Deadline Agency Final Deadline
Announcing NIH Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01) (PAR-17-159)

The National Library of Medicine seeks applications for...

NIH May 01, 2017
Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program (S10)

Award details: One item of the requested instrumentation must cost at least $50,...

NIH May 31, 2017

Foundation/Private Organization Downselects:

OVPR Downselect Deadline Agency LOI Deadline Agency Final Deadline

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
The Keck Foundation
Keck Research Program - medical/science & engineering

Workshop Announcement: A session conducted by the CFR...

Jan 15, 2017 May 01, 2017

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.