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
NASA Research Announcement (NRA): Space Technology – Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2018 (SpaceTech–REDDI–2018), APPENDIX NUMBER: 80HQTR18NOA01-18STRI-B3 NASA Friday, June 22, 2018 - 4:00pm Jul 30, 2018
2019/2020 Tobacco CURE Nonformula Opioid Abuse Tobacco CURE Nonformula Funds Jun 27, 2018 Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 4:00pm Jul 31, 2018
Mallinckrodt Foundation: Biomedical Early-stage Investigator Grants Mallinckrodt Foundation Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 4:00pm Aug 01, 2018
Beckman Foundation: Chemical & Life Sciences Young Investigator Grant Beckman Foundation Jul 08, 2018 Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 4:00pm Aug 06, 2018
NEA Our Town NEA Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 4:00pm Aug 09, 2018
RFA-RM-18-010 Director's Early Independence Award (DP5 - Clinical Trial Optional) NIH Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 4:00pm Sep 27, 2018
Searle Scholars Program Searle Scholars Program Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 11:59am Sep 28, 2018
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: New Directions Fellowships Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 4:00pm Oct 05, 2018
2018/19 NSF - Major Research Instrumentation Program NSF Jul 31, 2018 Monday, August 27, 2018 - 4:00pm Jan 22, 2019
2019 Dreyfus Foundation: Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Dreyfus Foundation Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 4:00pm Feb 07, 2019

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.)

Current Downselects:

OVPR Downselect Deadline Agency LOI Deadline Agency Final Deadline Notes
(CLOSED) Brain Research Foundation: 2019 Scientific Innovations Award

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

May 25, 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Connor, James (Neurosurgery, COM) 6/11/18
(CLOSED) NIH Autoimmunity Centers of Excellence, Basic Research Program (U19 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) RFA-AI-18-002

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity...

May 22, 2018 Jun 22, 2018
(CLOSED) NYAS Innovators in Science Award

The Innovators in Science Award, proudly sponsored by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and administered by the New York...

Apr 02, 2018 Jun 25, 2018
(CLOSED) USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006555 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Education and Workforce Development

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Education and...

Jun 28, 2018 REEU:Chiles, Robert (Ag Econ,Soc&Edu); Kumar, Chaudhary (Ag Econ,Soc&Edu); McNellis, Timothy (Plant Path & Environ Microbiology); PD-STEP: Curry, Kevin (Ag Econ,Soc&Edu); Hill, Kathleen (Ctr for Sci. & Schools); Kumar, Chaudhary (Ag Econ, Soc&Edu) 5/11/18
(CLOSED) RFA-HL-19-019 Summer Institute for Research Education in Biostatistics (R25 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports...

May 28, 2018 Jun 28, 2018 Wu, Rongling (Public Health Sciences, COM) 5/11/18
(CLOSED) Council on Library and Information Resources Recordings at Risk

Recordings at Risk is a national regranting program administered by CLIR to...

May 04, 2018 Jun 29, 2018 No applicants
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

The Pew Scholars Program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of...

Jun 10, 2018 Jun 29, 2018
(CLOSED) HRSA-18-105 Rural Health Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive (IMPACT)

This notice solicits applications for Rural Health Integration Models...

Jul 02, 2018 No applicants
(CLOSED) Pathway to Stop Diabetes

We are allowed to submit (1) application from the College of Medicine and (1) application from the rest of Penn State. As in...

Apr 06, 2018 Jul 02, 2018
(CLOSED) NIH: Interaction of HIV Infection and Alcohol Abuse on Central Nervous System Morbidity (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) RFA-AA-18-011

The purpose of this...

May 22, 2018 Jun 03, 2018 Jul 03, 2018 No applicants
(CLOSED) William T. Grant Scholars Program

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career...

Mar 18, 2018 Jul 05, 2018
(CLOSED) NEA Artworks

Art Works is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grants program. Through project-based funding, we support...

Jun 01, 2018 Jul 12, 2018 De Boer, Claire (College of Medicine, Dept. of Humanities) 6/4/18
(CLOSED) USAID - 7200AA18RFA00023 - Sustainable E-Waste Management and Battery Technologies for the Off-Grid Solar Sector

The Scaling Off-Grid Energy Grand Challenge for...

Jun 13, 2018 Jul 15, 2018 No applicants
(CLOSED) DE‐FOA‐0001837 DOE EERE Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Advancement and Data Dissemination

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)...

May 23, 2018 Jul 17, 2018 No applicants
(CLOSED) EPA-HQ-OPP-2018-001 National Pesticide Information Center

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications from eligible organizations...

Jun 18, 2018 Jul 30, 2018 No applicants
(CLOSED) NIOSH PAR-15-303 Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers (42)

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers...

Jun 13, 2018 Oct 11, 2018 No applicants
W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research Program

Workshop Information: The CFR and Limited Submissions offices will...

Jun 01, 2018 Nov 01, 2018
2018/19 NSF Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships

Although there is currently NO active solicitation for the NSF- ...

Jul 20, 2018 Dec 21, 2018