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
2022 Sloan Research Fellowships Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 4:00pm Sep 15, 2021
Searle Scholars Program Kinship Foundation Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 4:00pm Sep 30, 2021
ORAU Events Sponsorship Program 2021 Cycle 1 Oak Ridge Associated Universities Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - 4:00pm Sep 01, 2021
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: New Directions Fellowships Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 4:00pm Sep 24, 2021
NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program: FIRST Cohort (U54 Clinical Trial Optional) National Institutes of Health Thursday, August 12, 2021 - 4:00pm Sep 24, 2021
Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics Greenwall Foundation Monday, August 23, 2021 - 4:00pm Jan 10, 2022
Simons Foundation Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science Simons Foundation Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 4:00pm Oct 20, 2021

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) Notice of Intent: University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics (UCAH) (TEES/JHTO-RPP-2021-001 & TEES/JHTO-RPP-2021-002)

The Joint Hypersonic Transition...

Jul 26, 2021 Jul 26, 2021 Richard Yetter (Core project; College of Engineering)
(CLOSED) Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program 2021

The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young...

Aug 05, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) NEA American Rescue Plan Grants to Organizations

Penn State is limited to one (1) application to the sponsor. Select organizations may qualify as an independent...

Aug 12, 2021 Sep 02, 2021 Sita Frederick (Center for the Performing Arts); Rick Lombardo (Penn State Centre Stage)
(CLOSED) NSF 18-513 - Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) 2021/2022

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research held an informational webinar...

Jan 19, 2022
(CLOSED) 2022 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

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

Apr 15, 2021 Sep 01, 2021 Spencer Szczesny (CoE)
(CLOSED) 2022 Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research

The Penn State Cancer Institute has been invited by the Pew Charitable Trusts to nominate a candidate for...

Apr 15, 2021 Sep 09, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends (20200923-FT)

NEH staff will host a webinar describing the program, including eligibility, the...

May 20, 2021 Sep 22, 2021 Amanda Scott (CoLA), Husain Faisal (CoLA); Jasper Sachsenmeier, Chris Shelton (PS Behrend); Samantha Kavky (PS Berks); Mary Saborskis, Jeffrey Tolbert (PS Harrisburg)
(CLOSED) NSF 21-536 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

The Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Office (SIRO) and the Office of...

May 27, 2021 Sep 06, 2021 Sally Mackenzie (ECoS); Allison Beese (E&MS)
NIH PAR-19-072 Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

The National Library of Medicine seeks...

May 30, 2021 Jun 30, 2021 Jul 30, 2021 Sharon Huang (IST)
(CLOSED) NSF 20-554 ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE)

In this solicitation, the NSF ADVANCE program seeks to build...

Jun 01, 2021 Aug 03, 2020 Aug 02, 2021 No Applicants
(CLOSED) W.M. Keck Foundation: Science & Engineering/Medical Research - Fall 2021

Workshop Information: Foundation Relations and the Limited Submissions...

Jun 16, 2021 Aug 15, 2021 Nov 01, 2021
(CLOSED) NFL-NFLPA PMC: Funding Opportunity For Innovative Translational and Clinical Research on Alternatives to Opioids: Effects on Pain and Performance

The purpose of...

Jul 12, 2021 Jul 31, 2021 No Applicants, this will now be offered on a first come, first served basis. Contact if interested in applying.
(CLOSED) Mallinckrodt Foundation: Biomedical Early-stage Investigator Grants

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

Jul 12, 2021 Aug 01, 2021 Urara Hasegawa (E&MS)
(CLOSED) National Endowment for the Arts: Our Town

An organization/Campus may submit as a lead applicant two applications to Our Town. A partnering organization may...

Jul 13, 2021 Aug 05, 2021 Jennifer Hirt (PS Harrisburg)
(CLOSED) WT Grant Institutional Challenge

Please Note: While the funder does not limit the number of applications from an institution, this down-select is to select the...

Jul 15, 2021 Sep 14, 2021 No Applicants