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
2020 Blavatnik National Awards The Blavatnik Family Foundation Friday, September 20, 2019 - 4:00pm Nov 13, 2019
NSF 19-586 CZO Critical-Zone Collaborative Network NSF Monday, September 30, 2019 - 4:00pm Dec 02, 2019
VentureWell Faculty Grants VentureWell Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 4:00pm Nov 06, 2019
2020 New York Academy of Sciences (NYAC) Innovators in Science Award New York Academy of Sciences and Takeda Pharmaceuticals Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 4:00pm Nov 22, 2019
Moore Inventor Fellows Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Monday, October 14, 2019 - 4:00pm Dec 13, 2019

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 19-586 Critical-Zone Collaborative Network Notice of Intent

NSF will lead two webinars on the following dates:


Dec 02, 2019 Go to
(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) 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) 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) 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) 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 Huang, Yifei (Eberly CoS, Biology) 7/16/19
(CLOSED) NEH Summer Stipends

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

Jul 25, 2019 Sep 26, 2019 Chamberlin, Carla & Nicosia, Marissa (Abington), Eicher, John (Altoona), Fellie, Maria & Williams, Kesha (Berks), Witwer, David (Harrisburg), Gluck, Pearl & Schultz, Jaime (Univ. Park)
(CLOSED) Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics

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

Aug 05, 2019 Sep 23, 2019 Jan 08, 2020 No applicants
(CLOSED) NSF 17-585: Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program

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

Aug 05, 2019 Sep 27, 2019 Alger, Monty (Eng. Chemical Eng) and Cohan, Cathy (Eng. Center for Eng. Outreach & Inclusion) 8/14/19
(CLOSED) NSF 17-573 - Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)

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

Aug 09, 2019 Nov 06, 2019 Klippel, Alex (Geography, EMS), Zembal-Saul, Carla (Curriculum & Instruction, Education), Zimmerman, Heather (Learning & Performance, Education) 8/28/19
(CLOSED) 2019/20 NSF 18-513 - Major Research Instrumentation Program

The maximum is three proposals, but is now based on the dollar value of the amount requested from...

Aug 26, 2019 Jul 31, 2019 Jan 19, 2020 Currently in downselect.
(CLOSED) Henry Luce Foundation Advancing Public Scholarship on Religion and Theology

Seeking to advance public understanding of religion and theology, the Henry Luce...

Aug 27, 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Salguero, C. Pierce (Abington Campus, Arts & Humanities) 9/11/19
(CLOSED) Simons Foundation Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science

The foundation will accept up to two nominations per...

Aug 30, 2019 Oct 31, 2019 No applicants
(CLOSED) Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM2D (WiSTEM2D) Scholars Award Program

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

Sep 13, 2019 Oct 04, 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