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 18-507 Research Traineeship (NRT) Program NSF Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 4:00pm Feb 06, 2019
NSF 17-581: CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) - Institutional Infrastructure (II) Track NSF Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 4:00pm Jan 10, 2019
Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program Andrew Mellon Foundation Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 4:00pm Nov 08, 2018
Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists in Chemistry, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Life Sciences Blavatnik National Awards Friday, October 5, 2018 - 4:00pm Nov 14, 2018
NSF 16-594 ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) - Partnerships NSF Friday, October 26, 2018 - 4:00pm Jan 09, 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
W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research Program

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

Jun 01, 2018 Nov 01, 2018
(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
(CLOSED) 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 Grozinger, Christina (Ag. Sciences, Entomology), Sathyaprakash, Bangalore (ECoS, Physics & Physics & Astronomy), Medina, Monica (ECoS, Biology) 8/21/18
(CLOSED) RFA-RM-18-010 Director's Early Independence Award (DP5 - Clinical Trial Optional)

The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5 mechanism), established...

Jul 25, 2018 Aug 27, 2018 Sep 27, 2018 Walker, Rachel (HHD, Nutritional Sciences) and Yingst, Jessica (COM, Public Health Sciences) 8/14/18
(CLOSED) National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends

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

Jul 27, 2018 Sep 26, 2018 U.Park Campus: Shen, Shuang (Liberal Arts, Comp. Lit.) and Truglio, Maria (Liberal Arts, Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese) and Abington Campus: Nicosia, Marissa (Arts & Humanities) 8/20/18
(CLOSESD) Searle Scholars Program

The Searle Scholars Program gives grants to support independent research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences for...

Jul 29, 2018 Sep 28, 2018 Hedglin, Mark (ECoS, Chemistry), Silakov, Alexey (ECoS, Chemistry) 8/30/18
(CLOSED) NSF 17-585: Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program

The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and...

Jul 31, 2018 Sep 27, 2018 Stewart, Susan (Aerospace Engineering) 8/1/2018 ZarZar, Lauren (EMS, Materials Science & Eng.) 9/7/18
(CLOSED) Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: New Directions Fellowships

Penn State has been invited to nominate one candidate for the limited submission fall 2018 New...

Aug 01, 2018 Oct 05, 2018 No applicants
(CLOSED) DE‐FOA‐0001956 DOE EERE: Machine Learning for Geothermal Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technology Office (GTO) Machine Learning for...

Aug 03, 2018 Aug 23, 2018 Nov 01, 2018 Marone, Chris (EMS, Geoscience) 8/4/18
(CLOSED) Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM2D (WiSTEM2D) Scholars

The Johnson & Johnson Scholars Program aims to fuel the development of...

Aug 10, 2018 Sep 25, 2018 Arguelles, Andrea (Eng. Science & Mechanics) Manufacturing Huang, Shengxi (Elec. Eng.) Technology (8/14/18)
(CLOSED) NSF- Enabling Quantum Leap: Convergent Accelerated Discovery Foundries for Quantum Materials Science, Engineering and Information (Q-AMASE-i)
Aug 21, 2018 Nov 05, 2018 No applicants
NSF 18-513 - Major Research Instrumentation Program

The Penn State Limited Submission Program manages the response to research funding opportunities for which a limited...

Aug 27, 2018 Jan 22, 2019
(CLOSED) NSF 17-573: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new...

Aug 29, 2018 Nov 07, 2018 Zimmerman, Heather (Education, Learning & Performance Systems) and Hill, Kathleen (Education, CSATS) 9/19/18
(CLOSED) Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: New Directions Fellowships

Penn State has been invited to nominate one candidate for the limited submission fall 2018 New...

Sep 04, 2018 Oct 05, 2018 Moody-Turner, Shirley (Liberal Arts, English & African American Studies) 9/5/18
(CLOSED) Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR): Seeking teams to design, deploy, and operate advanced wireless research platforms.

The PAWR program aims to...

Sep 04, 2018 Sep 28, 2018 Dec 11, 2018 Huff, Gregory (Electrical Engineering) 9/4/18
(CLOSED) Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty...

Sep 07, 2018 Oct 01, 2018 Jan 11, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) NIH 17-209 Research Education: Bridges to the Doctorate (R25)

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission...

Sep 07, 2018 Sep 25, 2018 No applicants
(CLOSED) NSF 18-583 Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS)

A well-prepared, innovative science,...

Sep 07, 2018 Sep 21, 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Klippel, Alexander (EMS, Geography) 9/21/18
(CLOSED) Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS)
  • Nomination Procedure: The foundation asks each...
Sep 12, 2018 Oct 31, 2018 No applicants
(CLOSED) Simons Foundation Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science
  • Award Details: Simons...
Sep 12, 2018 Oct 31, 2018 Confidential per competition
(CLOSED) ORAU Travel Grant

ORAU Travel Grants

The ORAU Travel Grants Program provides up to $800 to fund faculty or staff members of ORAU...

Sep 17, 2018 Sep 30, 2019 Grant no longer offered through ORAU
(CLOSED) VentureWell Faculty Grants

VentureWell awards faculty grants to colleges and universities for the purpose of strengthening existing...

Sep 19, 2018 Nov 07, 2018 No applicants