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 19-586 Critical-Zone Collaborative Network Notice of Intent NSF Aug 16, 2019 Dec 02, 2019
USDA-FY19-WIC-TIP - USDA WIC Telehealth Innovations Project USDA Friday, July 12, 2019 - 4:00pm Jul 29, 2019
WT Grant Institutional Challenge 2019 William T. Grant Foundation Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 4:00pm Sep 06, 2019
NSF 17-575 Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science Supplements and Sites NSF Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 4:00pm Sep 18, 2019
FOA-ILAB-19-05 Equal Access to Quality Jobs for Women and Girls (EQUAL) Bureau of International Labor Affairs Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 4:00pm Aug 26, 2019
NEH Summer Stipends NEH Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 4:00pm Sep 26, 2019
Beckman Foundation: Chemical & Life Sciences Young Investigator Grant Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Monday, July 29, 2019 - 4:00pm Aug 09, 2019
NSF 17-585: Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program NSF Monday, August 5, 2019 - 4:00pm Sep 27, 2019
2019/20 NSF 18-513 - Major Research Instrumentation Program NSF Jul 31, 2019 Monday, August 26, 2019 - 4:00pm Jan 19, 2020

Currently in Downselect/Closed

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) NSF 19-578 Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC)

The Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC) program supports university-based centers and institutes where the collective...

Aug 01, 2019 Aug 01, 2019 Mostafa, Miguel (Physics, ECoS) 5/17/19
(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) DE‐FOA‐0001960 DOE EERE Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute: Cybersecurity in Energy Efficient Manufacturing

he Office of Energy Efficiency and...

Apr 08, 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Liu, Peng (IST) 5/8/19
(CLOSED) Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

The Pew Scholars Program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in...

Apr 12, 2019 Jun 14, 2019 Oct 17, 2019 Graziane, Nicholas (COM, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine) 5/7/19
(CLOSED) NIH - RFA-DK-19-003 - Cystic Fibrosis Research and Translation Centers (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)

Awards Details:

Application budgets are limited to...

May 01, 2019 Jun 18, 2019 Jul 18, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) Brain Research Foundation: 2020 Scientific Innovations Award

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

May 14, 2019 Jun 25, 2019 Sep 24, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) MacArthur Foundation 100&Change

Please Note: While the MacArthur Foundation does not limit the number of applications from any institution, this...

May 15, 2019 Aug 01, 2019
(CLOSED) NIH 19-072 Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients

The National Library of Medicine seeks applications for novel...

May 17, 2019 Jun 28, 2019 Jul 31, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) DE-FOA-0001980: Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office Multi-Topic

This funding...

May 20, 2019 Jun 20, 2019 Aug 29, 2019 Subtopic 1.1-Priya, Shashank(EMS, MatSE) Subtopic 1.2–Sun, Hongtao(Eng. IME) Subtopic 1.3-Wang, Yi(EMS, MatSE) Subtopic 1.4-Liu, Zi-Kui (EMS, MatSE) Subtopic 3.1 - Khoshkbar-Sadigh, Arash (Eng., Elec. Eng.) Subtopic 3.3–Freihaut, James (Eng.,Arch. Eng.)

Cost Share and Matching Funds:  Grants cannot exceed 50% of the total cost of the project. All grants require a nonfederal...

Jun 13, 2019 Aug 08, 2019 deBoer, Claire (Director, Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine - College of Med) 6/17/19
(CLOSED) W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research Program

Workshop Information: The Limited Submissions Office will conduct a workshop on...

Jun 17, 2019 Nov 01, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) Mallinckrodt Foundation: Biomedical Early-stage Investigator Grants

The mission of the Foundation is to support early stage investigators engaged in basic...

Jun 20, 2019 Aug 01, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) AVOP RFA 2019-2 - USAID & Partners of the Americas Farmer-to-Farmer Agriculture Volunteer Opportunity Project (AVOP) Small Grants Program


Jun 24, 2019 Jul 15, 2019 Sep 25, 2019 Castellanos, Paige (College of Ag, International Programs) 7/2/19
(CLOSED) Searle Scholars Program

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

Jun 30, 2019 Sep 27, 2019 Currently in downselect.

Foundation/Private Organization Downselects:

OVPR Downselect Deadline Agency LOI Deadline Agency Final Deadline
Pew Trusts
(CLOSED) Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

The Pew Scholars Program supports assistant...

Apr 12, 2019 Jun 14, 2019 Oct 17, 2019
(CLOSED) Searle Scholars Program

The Searle Scholars Program gives grants to support independent research...

Jun 30, 2019 Sep 27, 2019